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Wardell Gray

Wardell Gray was one of the top tenors to emerge during the bop era (along with Dexter Gordon and Teddy Edwards). His Lester Young-influenced tone made his playing attractive to swing musicians as well as younger modernists. He grew up in Detroit, playing in local bands as a teenager. Gray was with Earl Hines during 1943-1945, recording with him (1945). That same year, he moved to Los Angeles and he became a major part of the Central Avenue scene, having nightly tenor battles with Dexter Gordon; their recording of "The Chase" was popular. Gray recorded with Charlie Parker in 1947 and yet his style appealed to Benny Goodman, with whom he played the following year. Among his own sessions, his solos on "Twisted" (1949) and "Farmer's Market" (1952) were turned into memorable vocalese by Annie Ross a few years later. Back in New York, Gray played and recorded with Tadd Dameron and the Count Basie septet and big band (1950-1951); "Little Pony," his showcase with the Basie orchestra, is a classic. Gray was featured on some Norman Granz jam sessions ("Apple Jam" has a particularly heated solo) and recorded with Louie Bellson (1952-1953). Ironically, Wardell Gray, who in the late '40s was an inspiration to some younger musicians due to his opposition to drug use, himself became involved in drugs and died mysteriously in Las Vegas on May 25, 1955, when he was just 34. ~ Scott Yanow
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Track List: The Chase

Disc 1

1. At The El Grotto

2. Straight Life

3. Let's Get Started

4. Bamby

5. Blue Keys

6. Dell's Bells

7. One For Prez

8. The Man I Love

9. Easy Swing

10. The Great Lie Pts 1 & 2

11. Blue Lou

12. Backbreaker

13. She's Got Blues For Sale

14. Groovin' High

15. Hot House

16. Bebop

Disc 2

1. The Chase

2. The Creep

3. Out Of Nowhere

4. Blue 'n' Boogie

6. Blue Lou

7. How High The Moon

8. C Jam Blues

9. Light Gray

10. Stoned

11. Matter And Mind

12. The Toupe

13. Cookin' On Up

14. Swedish Pastry

15. Mary's Idea

16. Bye Bye Blues Bop

17. Stealin' Apples

18. Jahbero

19. Lady Bird

20. Symphonette

21. Shawn

22. The Hucklebuck

Disc 3

2. Sugar Hill Bop

3. In A Pinch

4. It's The Talk Of The Town

5. Bedlam

6. In The Land Of The Oo-Bla-Dee

7. Blue Lou

9. Twisted

10. South Side

11. Easy Living

12. Sweet Lorraine

13. A Sinner Kissed An Angel

14. Blue Gray

15. Grayhound

16. Treadin' With Treadwell

17. Scrapple From The Apple

19. One O'Clock Jump

20. Tootsie

21. Nails

22. Little Pony

Disc 4

1. April Skies

2. Bright Boy

3. Jackie

4. Farmer's Market

5. Sweet And Lovely

6. Lover Man

7. The Jeep Is Jumpin'

8. Johnny Come Lately

9. Punkin'

10. The Rubaiyat

11. I Hear You Knockin'

13. Citizen's Bop

14. Bernie's Tune

15. The Squirrel

17. Get Happy

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