Minority – Gigi Gryce
Gigi Gryce's biggest jazz standard. Transcriptions available of Gigi Gryce's alto sax solo and Joe Gordon's trumpet solo. Lead sheets and second parts available.
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- Recording: Art Blakey - Blakey
- Recorded on: May 20, 1954
- Label: EmArcy (MG 26030)
- Concert Key: F minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin/swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Joe Gordon
- Alto Sax - Gigi Gryce
- Piano - Walter Bishop, Jr.
- Bass - Bernie Griggs
- Drums - Art Blakey
- Mt. Fuji Jazz Festival with Blue Note Jam Session, 1988: Philip Harper, trumpet; Ralph Peterson, cornet; Steve Wilson, alto sax; Bill Pierce, tenor sax; Michel Petrucciani, piano; Curtis Lundy, bass; Lewis Nash, drums
- Antonio Madruga, piano; Russell Hall, bass; Michael Piolet, drums; live at Van Dyke Cafe, Miami, 2011.
- Bud Shank, alto sax; Bill Mays, piano; Bob Magnusson, bass; Joe LaBarbera, drums; on TV in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2004.
- Warren Wolf Group: Tim Green, alto sax; Craig Alston, tenor sax; Warren Wolf, piano; Kris Funn, bass; John Lamkin, drums; live at Caton Castle, Baltimore, 2008.
- Ben Rosenblum refines his phrasing on the piano by practicing along with Gigi Gryce's alto solo.
Two more great Gryce titles from the "Blakey" recording are also available: Hello and Salute To Birdland.
Learn more about Gigi Gryce at Noal Cohen's Jazz History website. Also see Gryce's discography.
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...