Saturday, March 30, 2013

Wardell Gray - Complete Sunset & New Jazz Masters

This import from Jazz Factory (the vintage jazz imprint from Spain's Disconforme label) offers 20 sides of saxophonist Wardell Gray at his bebop best. Best known as a mate of Dexter Gordon's, these recordings showcase Gray as a bandleader, composer, and soloist of rare ability who never let the swing disappear form his expression of the bop Muse's dictates. On these sessions he is accompanied by a stunning array of the era's sidemen, including pianists Dodo Marmarosa, Al Haig, and Erroll Garner, bassists Red Callendar, Tommy Potter, and Clyde Lombardi, as well as drummers such as Roy Haynes, Charles Perry, and Jack West. Most notable are the 78s Gray cut with Marmarosa and Callendar , three of which he composed: "Dell's Bells," "One for Prez," and "Easy Swing." The lone cover of George and Ira Gershwin's "The Man I Love," is the definitive bop read of the tune. Also stellar are reads of Jimmy Raney's "Five Star," and Al Haig's "In a Pinch," but virtually every performance here is flawless. Sound is better than adequate, but liner notes are perfunctory at best, though complete session info is included. Nonetheless, for the price, this one is tough to beat.
Thom Jurek

Source :

Wardell Gray
Complete Sunset
New Jazz Masters


1 Dell's Bells (Gray) 2:59
2 One for Prez (Gray) 3:12
3 The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin) 3:21
4 Easy Swing (Gray) 3:05
5 The Great Lie (Calloway, Gibson) 4:43
6 Blue Lou (Mills, Sampson) 5:45
7 Light Gray (Mills, Sampson) 2:38
8 Stoned (Gray) 2:57
9 Matter and Mind (Gray) 2:47
10 The Toupe (Gray) 2:39
11 Shawn (Stewart) 2:37
12 Five Star (Raney) 2:53
13 Sugar Hill Bop (Wexler) 2:31
14 It's the Talk of the Town (Livingston, Neiburg, Symes) 3:09
15 In a Pinch (Haig) 3:07
16 Twisted (Gray) 3:07
17 Southside (Gray) 3:23
18 Easy Living (Rainger, Robin) 4:26
19 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish) 4:07
20 The Chase (Gordon) 6:47

Featuring Wardell Gray, Dodo Marmarosa, Red Callender, Harold West, Chuck Thompson, Erroll Garner, Jack Mills, Al Haig, Clyde Lombardi, Tiny Kahn, Eddie Bert, Sonny Iggoe, Buddy Stewart, Jimmy Raney, Tommy Potter, Charlie Perry, Roy Haynes, Dexter Gordon, Jimmy Bunn, etc...

Recorded in Hollywood & New York City ; between November 23, 1946 & November 11, 1949


LaroSwing said...

Many thanks for this one too...

hideo said...

thanks for some very promising Wardell and thanks for keeping RS as a host option--the only one that works in the States now :(

Blue Eyes said...

Thank you very much Mel for this one!

dS said...

I keep getting a decompression fail message when I try and unpack the zip file...any suggestions?

Philo said...

I had no problems with the file. Maybe you got a damaged download. File size should = 322,194,696.

Mel: Thanks for posting this. The music is great & the sound quality is surprisingly good.

L.O.L. said...

Thanks Mel=)

Peter said...

Thanks again Mel Ifluous!

dS ... stating the obvious, but I hope you have entered the PW?

Kneigh said...

Many thanx for this rarity, Mel!!

@ds ... I had the same problems you did. I downloaded twice on 2 different computers. As Philo said, file size s/b 322,194,696, which mine both were. I was using the IZARC program to unzip the file, and was getting errors on tracks 1-7, 8, 20 and some art work. I decided to just open with Windows Explorer, so I right clicked on the file, clicked the "open with" selection, selected Windows Explorer, clicked on "Extract all files" at top, then hit "extract" button, entered the password and, viola, all is well!!

Hope this helps!!

ita diegues said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon.

jose luis said...

Muchas gracias Mel, un disco excelente en todo !

Melanchthon said...

rowland said...

Thanks a lot. I have just discovered your fantastic site and I am like a kid in a lolly shop.

Dirk Bill said...

Another dead link. Would love this Wardell if you could re-up!

brian said...

same here... please!