Friday, September 29, 2017

Wade Legge Trio

The Fresh Sound label is one of the major reissue record companies, also releasing new music on their Fresh Sound New Talent subsidiary. Fresh Sound, under the direction of the tireless Jordi Pujol, has repackaged and reissued a great deal of very valuable jazz from the 1950s and early 1960s. In addition to the major names, some of their most intriguing sets focus on obscure figures from jazz history whose music has been out-of-print for decades.
Wade Legge (1934-63) had a brief life and a briefer career but he was a fine bop-based pianist with his own chord voicings and sound. He is best-known for being Dizzy Gillespie’s pianist during 1952-54, touring Europe with the great trumpeter. Legge also made recordings with Pete Brown, Lenny Hambro, Jimmy Cleveland, Milt Jackson, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Gigi Gryce, Jackie McLean and Shafi Hadi during 1954-57 and the Lionel Hampton big band in 1959. But for unknown reasons in 1959 he retired from actively playing music and, when he passed away in 1963, Wade Legge was just 29.
Legge’s Fresh Sound release has his only sessions as a leader (12 titles with bassist Lou Hackney and drummer Al Jones from Gillespie’s quintet), a song by the same trio with singer Joe Carroll and two of the four numbers that they recorded with baritonist Lars Gullin making the group a quartet. In addition, Legge is featured on four numbers with a quartet led by vibraphonist Joe Roland and on three songs with a quintet headed by drummer Bill Bradley Jr. that also includes trumpeter Phil Sunkel and tenor-saxophonist J.R. Monterose. The swinging music, dating from 1953-55, fits securely into the hard bop scene of the era and shows that Wade Legge was an unheralded talent.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Wade Legge
(FSR CD-894)


1 Play, Legge, Play (trad.)  3:13
2 Flabbee-Do (Legge)  3:33
3 Bagdad Express (Legge)  4:07
4 I Only Have Eyes for You (Warren, Dubin)  3:17
5 Perdido (Tizol)  3:05
6 Dream a Little Dream of Me (Schwartz)  3:14
7 Wade Leg’s Blues (Legge)  3:40
8 A Swedish Folksong (Dear Old Stockholm) (trad.)  3:09
9 Dance of the Infidels (Powell)  3:12
10 Aren’t You Glad You’re You (Burke, Van Heusen)  3:13
11 These Foolish Things (Marvell, Strachey, Link)  2:50
12 Why Don’t You Believe Me (Douglas, Laney)  2:48
13 Sweet Sue, Just You (Harris, Young)  2:38
14 All the Things You Are (Kern, Hammerstein II)  3:32
15 The Squirrel (Dameron)  3:09
16 Gene’s Stew (Legge)  5:22
17 Spice (Legge)  4:24
18 Music House (Legge)  4:35
19 Joyce’s Choice (Legge)  4:22
20 Spice (Legge)  2:38
21 Bradley’s Beans (Legge)  3:18
22 Sugar Hips (Legge)  3:21


[# 1-15]
Wade Legge - p
Lou Hackney - b
Al Jones - dr
Joe Carroll - vcl [# 13]
Bill Graham - bs [# 13]
Lars Gullin - bs [# 14 & 15]
Recorded in Stockholm ; February 3, 1953 [# 14-15] ; & February 10, 1953 [# 1-4] ; Paris ; February 27, 1953 [# 5-12] ; February 28, 1953 [# 13]
[# 6-19]
Joe Roland - vb
Wade Legge - p
Dante Martucci - b
Ron Jefferson - dr
Recorded in New York ; October 17, 1954
[# 20-22]
Phil Sunkel - tp
Jr. Monterose - ts
Wade Legge - p
Doug Watkins - b
Bill Bradley Jr., - dr
Recorded in New York ; February 25, 1955


deGallo said...

Thank you. Great post!

marcusr said...

Happy New Year, dear friend!
Thank you very-very much!
Около 10 лет читаю Ваши замечательные записи, слушаю Вашу чудную конгениальную музыку.
Long live Melanchthon!
Cordially yours MarcusR.

flyra said...

Happy and prosperous new year!
Thanks, as always, for the share!

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel. A very happy new year to you.

WOODY said...

Hi Mel,
again a wonderful post of fine music I never heard of, so it's always a great gift to learn on your site of great interpretes who may not be forgotton!

Rodney said...

Thank you, Mel

Anonymous said...

Cheers MM, Happy New Year to you !

danair said...

Thanks very much Mel Great post!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

francisco santos said...


Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thanks Mel

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

Brush&Stick said...

Thank you very much! That last session was completely unknown to me.

Olde Edo said...

Another performer I only knew as a sideman previously. Thanks for this leader session by Legge!

Historicus said...

Thanks a lot!!!

aroonie said...

Thanks Mel. Been looking for these. Great stuff.

Kovina Kris said...

Thanks for the introduction to this player Mel!

WOODY said...

I took this beautiful gift basically because of JOE ROLAND's participation - a great artist of a wonderful instrument of Jazz - the vibraphone. So thanks for this gem, very much appreciated - as all treasures are you share with us here day for day!

Melanchthon said...

DEEP said...

Legge died in a Buffalo hospital, not from drugs but from an appendicitis. The sign on his bed read Nil Per Oro (Nothing by mouth). He got to a drinking fountain and guzzled water. He then "Moved To Vermont" (that's the way WHITE people express the death of a relative to small children as in.."Uncle Wade has "Moved To Vermont" Emily dear. He's in a better place now".



boppinbob said...

Thanks Mel, Remembering Wade on what would have been his 84th birthday. Also thanks for a fantabulously superb blog. Regards, Bob