Abie "Available" Baker (né Leslie Robert Baker; 28 September 1913 South Bend, Indiana – 14 February 1993 Harlem) was an American session musician, arranger, and bandleader who played double bass on jazz, R&B, and pop recordings in New York City, from 1934 through the early 1960s. His credits have been chronicled under the names Abe Baker (rarely), Abie Baker (mostly), and Abie "Available" Baker.
As New York session bassist in jazz from 1934 to 1960, he recorded with Blanche Calloway, Snub Mosley, Herman Chittison, Joey Thomas, Titus Turner and the Howard Biggs Orchestra, Dosie Terry, John Greer, George James and the Howard Biggs Orchestra, Johnny Hartman and the Howard Biggs Orchestra, Jimmy "Baby Face" Lewis, Hadda Brooks, Melvin Smith (vocalist), The Du-Droppers, Annie Laurie, Larry Darnell, Ethel Ennis, Jimmy Tyler, Bobbie and Ronald (vocalists), Varetta Dillard, Cootie Williams, Bill Doggett, Little Willie John, Ruth Brown, King Curtis, LaVern Baker, Big Joe Turner, Teddy Humphries, Little Jimmy Scott, and Baby Boy Jennings & The Satellites.
As New York session bassist in R&B during the 1950s, he recorded for labels that included Savoy and Atlantic with Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Marie Knight, Hadda Brooks, Nappy Brown, Big Maybelle, The Coasters, and The Drifters. He also played on the banned 1957 album My Pussy Belongs to Daddy, credited to Faye Richmonde.
In filmography, Baker, in 1959, performed on the "The Web", an instrumental released on the small Laurel label which was later used as part of the score for the camp horror movie The Brain That Wouldn't Die.
In June 1965, Baker established two record labels, Internationale and Forest Green, both in New York. He also established publishing companies. With Johnny Worlds, he established and headed Worlds-Baker Enterprises, covering several record labels, publishing, marketing and distribution.
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With Bill Doggett
- Doggett Beat for Dancing Feet (King, 1957)
- The Jazz Discography, Tom Lord (ed.) (retrieved December 17, 2015)
- David Griffiths, Hot Jazz: From Harlem to Storyville, Scarecrow Press, 1998, p.99
- Marv Goldberg, "The Ravens - Part 1", Marv Goldberg's R&B Notebooks. Retrieved 5 March 2019
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- Biography by Eugene Chadbourne, Allmusic.com. Retrieved 5 March 2019
- "Midnight in the Naked City", OfficeNaps.com. Retrieved 5 March 2019
- Record World (June 5, 1965). "New Forest Label" (PDF). Vol. 19 no. 939. p. 18. Retrieved December 17, 2020 – via americanradiohistory.com; David Frackelton Gleason (born 1946), Cleveland. Cite magazine requires
- Billboard (January 27, 1968). "Worlds-Baker Consolidates Divisions Into Four Units". Vol. 80 no. 4. p. 10. Retrieved March 5, 2019 – via Google Books. Cite magazine requires
- "Mickey Baker, Guitarist, Is Dead at 87". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-05-21.