Wardell Gray
Born: 1921

Wardell Gray was one of the truly great, yet by now
almost obscure, bebop tenor saxophonists. With a
smooth mellow and consistent tone, he created a tenor
style that veered from swing to bebop, a style that was
elegant, sure-footed, mature and distinctive. His
premature death under mysterious circumstances in
1955, robbed the jazz world of another unique player,
and cast him into distant recollection, though his talent
deserves greater recognition.

Born in Oklahoma City, Gray grew up in… Continue

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