Blue Concept – Gigi Gryce
This fun medium-up blues head was recorded three times by Gigi, with slightly different arrangements, but the melody is always the same. The albums are shown in chronological order. The recommended second parts are found under the Jazz Lab recording; for that one Gigi introduced an additional background section which our "Gigi Gryce Project" version expanded into a soloist sendoff. The Gryce Project recording is based on the Jazz Lab version, but much faster for an added challenge with Minus You tracks.
November 28, 1925 – March 17, 1983
Gigi Gryce was a fine altoist in the 1950s, but it was his writing skills, both composing and arranging (including composing the standard Minority) that were considered most notable. After growing up in Hartford, CT, and studying at the Boston Conservatory and in Paris, Gryce worked in New York with Max Roach, Tadd Dameron, and Clifford Brown. He toured Europe in 1953 with Lionel Hampton and led several sessions in France on that trip. Read more...