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Lazaro Vega

Wardell Gray

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Wardell Gray swung. The Oklahoma born, Detroit-bred tenor saxophonist may have played Grand Rapids in the 1940’s as a member of the Benny Carew Band before taking off for the big time Earl Hines Orchestra in Chicago. Though considered a bebop stylist, especially for his post-WWII work with Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker and Howard McGhee, Gray recorded with Benny Goodman and Count Basie, those giants of swing. Blue Lake Public Radio spun Gray's recordings last night during Jazz From Blue Lake found here: www.bluelake.org/ondemand

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My collected Gray selection in chronological recording order:

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WARDELL GRAY / BEN WEBSTER: „THE ALUMNI MASTERS“. Durium BLJ 8038 [1979]

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WARDELL GRAY: ONE FOR PREZ. BLACK LION BLP 60106 [1988]

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WARDELL GRAY / STAN HASSELGARD. SPOTLIGHT SPJ134 [1976]

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WARDELL GRAY: MEMORIAL. VOLUME ONE. PRESTIGE/OJC-050 (P- 7008) [1983]

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WARDELL GRAY: MEMORIAL. VOLUME TWO. PRESTIGE/OJC-051 (P- 7009) [1983]

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WARDELL GRAY: LIVE IN HOLLYWOOD. XANADU 146 [1977]

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