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Wardell Gray Memorial, Vol. 1

  • 1. Twisted
    2. Twisted - (previously unreleased)
    3. Twisted - (alternate take, bonus track)
    4. Twisted - (alternate take, bonus track)
    5. Easy Living
    6. Easy Living - (alternate, bonus track)
    7. Southside
    8. Southside - (alternate, bonus track)
    9. Southside - (previously unissued alternate)
    10. Southside - (previously unissued alternate)
    11. Southside - (previously unissued alternate)
    12. Southside - (previously unissued alternate)
    13. Southside - (previously unissued alternate)
    14. Sweet Lorraine
    15. So Long Broadway
    16. Paul's Cause
    17. Man I Love, The
    18. Lavonne
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 050

  • Credits
    ProducerBob Weinstock; Teddy Charles

    Personnel: Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone); Frank Morgan (alto saxophone); Sonny Clark, Al Haig (piano); Teddy Charles (vibraphone); Tommy Potter, Dick Nivison (bass); Roy Haynes, Lawrence Marable (drums).
    Recorded in New York, New York and Los Angeles, California between 1949 and 1953. Originally released on Prestige (7008).
    Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1992, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley).
    Originally released as two LPs and then a two-LP set, tenorman Wardell Gray's Prestige recordings are now available as two CDs that have been expanded by the inclusion of alternate takes only previously available on the collector's Misterioso label. The music on this particular CD is taken from two sessions: a quartet outing with pianist Al Haig, bassist Tommy Potter, and drummer Roy Haynes, and a sextet session with pianist Sonny Clark, vibraphonist Teddy Charles, and the young altoist Frank Morgan. The former date is highlighted by the famous "Twisted," which Annie Ross would soon record in a vocalese version. This CD actually has four versions of "Twisted" (along with seven of "Southside"), so there is a bit of repetition, but the great tenor Wardell Gray is heard throughout in prime form. ~ Scott Yanow

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