Grayhound – Wardell Gray
An elegant, swinging riff blues head in the bebop tradition. Our lead sheet shows Wardell’s distinctive articulations from the recording.
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- Recording: Wardell Gray - Tenor Sax Favorites
- Recorded on: April 25, 1950
- Label: Prestige (LP 115)
- Concert Key: D-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Tenor Sax - Wardell Gray
- Piano - Phil Hill
- Bass - James “Beans” Richardson
- Drums - Art Mardigan
Our lead sheets have detailed articulations, showing the little scoops and bends that Wardell Gray plays on the recording. We also show the piano intro and Wardell’s coda from the recording. Other intros and/or endings could certainly be explored with such a simple yet compelling riff blues head.
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...