Franklin, Henry “Skipper”
- Scott Yanow
was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of trumpeter Sammy Franklin.
Franklin began seriously playing bass when he was seventeen and attending Manual Arts High School. He was soon working with vibraphonist Roy Ayers’s Latin Jazz Quintet but it would take the bassist another decade before he started becoming known beyond Los Angeles.
In the meantime, he studied the acoustic bass with Al McKibbon and George Morrow, and considered Paul Chambers to be an important early influence. Franklin gained important experience working with tenor-saxophonist Harold Land and pianist Hampton Hawes. He sat in with Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry, and made his recording debut with Lou Rawls in 1963 as a part of a group led by saxophonist Curtis Amy Franklin worked in New York for a year with drummer Willie Bobo and also had opportunities to play a bit with tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp pianist Lamont Johnson ...