One For Prez – Wardell Gray
Exciting, unpredictable rhythms make this uptempo bebop head a worthwhile challenge. It’s based on the changes of How High The Moon and comes from Wardell Gray’s first session as a leader.
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- Recording: Wardell Gray - One For Prez
- Recorded on: November 23, 1946
- Label: Black Lion (60106)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Tenor Sax - Wardell Gray
- Piano - Dodo Marmarosa
- Bass - Red Callender
- Drums - Harold “Doc” West
Our lead sheets show Dodo Marmarosa’s solo piano intro from the recording, which loops a repeated-note figure á la Count Basie. There is no coda; the last note of the out head is simply held out.
Wardell recorded again with pianist Dodo Marmarosa and bassist Red Callender three months later, on Charlie Parker’s classic Dial session with trumpeter Howard McGhee, guitarist Barney Kessel, and drummer Don Lamond. Another recording with Gray, Marmarosa, and Callender was on a “Just Jazz” concert produced by Gene Norman in April 1947.
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...