Sans Souci – Gigi Gryce

Another classic Gryce contrafact (this time based on Out Of Nowhere changes): Gigi's Latin melody is preceded by an eight-measure set up intro (check out how Gigi develops this intro in the second recording), swing solos, second parts, and a great shout chorus. With this Gryce composition you can be worry-free and just have fun, especially with "The Gigi Gryce Project" Minus You audio tracks.

Gigi Gryce

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...

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