Dell's Bells – Wardell Gray

An elegant bebop head full of unpredictable rhythms, recorded at Wardell Gray’s first session as a leader. Based on the changes of What Is This Thing Called Love?, it has a six-measure intro with snappy rhythm section figures.

Wardell Gray

February 13, 1921 – May 25, 1955

Though sometimes overlooked, even to this day—perhaps due to his all-too-brief career or his extensive work in swing big bands —Wardell Gray was among the most important jazz musicians of the bebop era. He was one of the first tenor saxophonists, along with Dexter Gordon , Gene Ammons, and Lucky Thompson, to establish an original voice on the instrument in the bebop style. Read more...

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