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Album Review

Excellent sessions in NYC, Detroit, and Los Angeles in 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953. A handful of trio and sax sides, larger bands featuring Dexter Gordon, Art Farmer, Clark Terry, and Sonny Criss, Frank Morgan, and Sonny Clark. Gray's tenor is unmatched. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi


Born: 13 February 1921 in Oklahoma City, OK

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s

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;...
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Central Avenue, Wardell Gray
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  • £3.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Pop, Bop
  • Released: 21 March 2011

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