Wardell Gray

American musician Wardell Gray

Wardell Gray was an American jazz tenor saxophonist who straddled the swing and bebop periods. Today often overlooked, Gray's playing displays a unique style, an unmatched tone and a strong presence.
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Deceased
25 May 1955

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Saxophonists Detroit Tenors duel bop-style at Dirty Dog - The Detroit News
Google News - over 6 years
Indeed, the annals of tussling tenors include some of the brightest names in jazz: Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray, Johnny Griffin and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt. And the tradition continues today in noted pairings like Joe
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Duel de saxophonistes - Sud Ouest
Google News - over 6 years
Le président de Bassin Jasse Doignié d'avancer « les différences, complémentaires, de nos deux solistes, nous feront revivre le fameux "chase" qui opposait Dexter Gordon et Wardell Gray, dans les années 1940 dans les clubs de Los Angeles »
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Frank Foster est mort - Qobuz.com
Google News - over 6 years
Là, il joue notamment aux côtés de Wardell Gray. De retour du service militaire en 1953, il intègre la formation pour laquelle il brillera le plus : le big band de Count Basie. Tout au long des décennies 1950 et 1960, il signe, pour l'orchestre du
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Annie Ross – review - The Guardian
Google News - over 6 years
Lush Life was a spinechilling tiptoe over the thin ice of Hammer's delicate accompaniment, and on Twisted – Ross's best-known song for the Lambert, Hendricks and Ross vocal group – she fired her own lyrics at the byzantine Wardell Gray sax-solo melody
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Bluesette recrea el jazz y el blues clásicos en el Ateneo de La Laguna - eldia.es
Google News - over 6 years
... así como "Spring can really hang you up the most", de Tommy Wolf, y "What a difference a day made", de Maria Grever. Mayer y Dedecjus finalizarán con piezas de Bart Howard ("Fly me to the moon"), Walter Gross ("Tenderly") y Wardell Gray ("Twisted")
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CD : Intégrale Charlie Parker - Volume 3 - Lover Man 1946-1947 - ON Magazine
Google News - over 6 years
Des New Stars qui méritent leur nom : Howard McGhee (tp), Charlie Parker (as), Wardell Gray (ts), Dodo Marmarosa (p), Barney Kessel (g), Red Callender (b) et Don Lamond (dm). Une formation en or massif et des titres aussi (“Relaxin' at Camarillo”,
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MUSIC REVIEW | MARIO PAVONE DOUBLE TENOR QUINTET; Nodding to Tradition While Pursuing the Ideal
NYTimes - about 9 years
Mario Pavone's jazz can possibly be heard two different ways. His gig at Iridium on Wednesday night had two traditions running through it: the rhythmic and harmonic grids of bebop and all that descends from it, and the cathartic tracing-in-air of free jazz. But that's a pretty brain-first, ears-second way to put it. The mixture proposed by Mr.
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JAZZ REVIEW; Reveling in the Tension Between Two Stylistic Worlds
NYTimes - about 12 years
In the late 90's, the bassist Chris Lightcap was working in what was perceived as the looser, freer perimeters of jazz, as well as in its mainstream. At the time, it was rarer for musicians to play in both those worlds, and when Mr. Lightcap organized his own group, he seemed to be uniting two attitudes toward jazz that had become unnecessarily
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CABARET REVIEW; Still Swingin' With Verve And a Devil-May-Care Spirit
NYTimes - over 12 years
We have Annie Ross to thank for inventing a rebellious client's ultimate retort to a stuffy psychiatrist. In Ms. Ross's dizzy bebop lyric for the song ''Twisted,'' the narrator, who boasts of having been ''a wizard at 3,'' breezily informs her doctor that she has the last laugh on him because ''instead of one head I've got two. And you know,'' she
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MUSIC: Already Boxed. Just Add a Little Wrapping.; 'CENTRAL AVENUE SOUNDS: JAZZ IN LOS ANGELES (1921-1956)'
NYTimes - about 18 years
EACH year recording companies dig more deeply into their archives. They are eager to retrieve the obscure recordings that justify expanding greatest-hits collections into the boxed sets that have become fixtures of the holiday market. Theme anthologies are devised; concert tapes and studio outtakes are gleaned; old recordings are remixed. And if
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POP AND JAZZ GUIDE
NYTimes - about 20 years
Here is a selective listing by critics of The Times of new or noteworthy pop and jazz concerts in New York City this weekend. * denotes a highly recommended concert. RAY ANDERSON ALLIGATORY BLUES BAND, Sweet Basil, 88 Seventh Avenue South, at Bleecker Street, West Village, (212) 242-1785. Compared to most of jazz's burrowing intellectuals, Ray
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Johnny (Guitar) Watson, Musical Pioneer, Dies at 61
NYTimes - almost 22 years
Johnny (Guitar) Watson, a flamboyant pioneer of rhythm and blues whose music influenced performers like Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Stevie Ray Vaughan, died on Friday just after he took the stage for a performance in Yokohama, Japan. He was 61 and lived in Los Angeles. He suffered a heart attack, said Al Bell, owner of Bellmark Records, his most
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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK;Veteran Saxophonists Show More Than Age
NYTimes - almost 22 years
Against the blank canvas of a neutral rhythm section, eight of the better improvisers in jazz grappled in a cutting contest at Avery Fisher Hall on Friday. Called "Battle Royale: Trumpets and Tenors 2," it was the public face of what the writer Albert Murray has named "antagonistic cooperation," where musicians, challenged by their peers, ape
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Crime
NYTimes - about 22 years
Jack O'Connell has obviously given some serious thought to links between sensory overload and the decline of Western civilization. In "Box Nine," the first of three wildly original novels set in the dystopian New England city of Quinsigamond, a language breakdown caused raging insanity among the criminal populace. A guerrilla war fought over the
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Don Cherry Is Dead at 58; Trumpeter of a Lyrical Jazz
NYTimes - over 22 years
Don Cherry, one of the most lyrical and important jazz trumpeters, died on Thursday at the home of his stepdaughter, Neneh Cherry, near Malaga, Spain. He was 58. The cause was liver failure caused by hepatitis, said his wife, Moki. Mr. Cherry used a pocket cornet -- a shrunken cornet -- to get an open, quiet sound. He managed emotionally charged
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A Blues-Dipped Voice That Celebrates the Fleshly
NYTimes - about 23 years
There are few more lascivious sounds in popular music than the voice of Johnny (Guitar) Watson. When he sings "Booty Ooty" or "Hot Little Mama," it isn't just come hither he's singing. It is something much more joyous, and completely unprintable. The sound is the calling card of the Gangster of Love (his nickname, taken from the song of the same
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POP MUSIC; A Free-Spirited Survivor Lands on Her Feet
NYTimes - over 24 years
For Annie Ross, living on the edge has become a fine art. In 1958, this cool-yet-sultry redhead earned a place in jazz vocal history when she became the female third of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, the trio famous for setting bullet-fire lyrics to jazz instrumentals. Ms. Ross's octave-leaping, sweet-and-sour voice intrigued Miles Davis, Dizzy
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Wardell Gray
    THIRTIES
  • 1955
    Age 34
    Gray was still working regularly despite his drug problems, and when Benny Carter was engaged in May 1955 to provide the band at the opening of the Moulin Rouge Hotel, he called on Gray.
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    At around this time, Gray apparently became involved with drugs; friends reported that this was taking its toll. His playing was now less fluent, and a studio session in January 1955 (12), which was to be his last, shows strong but (by his own standards) rather unsubtle playing.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1951
    Age 30
    However, there are increasing signs of a lack of engagement in Wardell's work around 1951/52, notably in a further live session with Dexter Gordon from February 1952 (5), and it seems that he may have been becoming disillusioned with the music business.
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  • 1950
    Age 29
    On leaving Goodman, Wardell rejoined Count Basie. Basie had bowed to economic pressures and broken up his big band, forming a septet which included Clark Terry and Buddy DeFranco; Wardell joined them in, probably, July 1950.
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  • 1949
    Age 28
    Wardell left Basie in 1949 to return to Benny Goodman.
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  • 1948
    Age 27
    The group was not, however, a financial success and Goodman eventually broke it up, but by now Wardell was fully established on the East Coast as an up-and-coming musician. For a while in late 1948/early 1949 he worked with the Count Basie Orchestra, while also managing to record with Tadd Dameron (10) and, in excellent quartet and quintet sessions, with Al Haig (11, 12).
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  • 1947
    Age 26
    Apart from a spell with a little band led by Al Killian (some Jubilee recordings by this group (8) show Wardell in fine form) Wardell was still working mainly in one-off sessions during 1947.
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  • 1946
    Age 25
    He left Hines late in 1946, settling in Los Angeles, California; soon after arriving there, he recorded the first session under his own name.
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  • 1945
    Age 24
    Dorothy was married but, although the marriage was on the point of collapse, an unfortunate intervention by a "friend" led Gray to believe that this was not so, and he returned to Jeri; they were married in Chicago in September 1945.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1941
    Age 20
    It was at around this time that he met Jeanne Goings; together they had a daughter, Anita, who was born in January 1941.
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  • 1936
    Age 15
    He left in 1936, before graduating.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1929
    Age 8
    Wardell Gray was born in Oklahoma City, the youngest of four children. His early childhood years were spent in Oklahoma, before moving with his family to Detroit, Michigan in 1929.
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  • 1921
    Age 0
    Born on February 13, 1921.
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