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The Feeling of Jazz – Spotlight on Wardell Gray

Wardell Gray with the Count Basie Septet, 1950.
The Feeling of Jazz, Hour-2, 08-01-2021

The Feeling of Jazz, Program No. 430 airing August 1, 2021 featured a spotlight on American jazz tenor saxophonist Wardell Gray (February 13, 1921 – May 25, 1955) who straddled the swing and bebop periods, in music presented by co-host Kent Lindquist. Meanwhile, co-host Al Corns featured other main stream jazz artists like Vince Guaraldi, Barrett Deems, Ruby Braff and more. Engineered by Dave Woodworth. 

8 p.m. Hour - Music by Title, Artist (Album), Composer, Time length 

1. Blue Lou, Wardell Gray, Giants of Jazz (compilation, orig. recorded April 1947), Edgar Samson, 9:20 min.
2.Freda with the Naturally Curly Hair, Vince Guaraldi Trio, A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Fantasy 1989), Vince Guaraldi, 4:31 min.
3. Move, Wardell Gray, How High The Moon (compilation, Moon Records, orig. recorded April 1951), Denzel Best, 3:55 min.
4. Soon, Barrett Deems, Barrett Deems Big Band (How Do You Like it So Far?) (Delmark 1994), George 7 Ira Gershwin, 4:09 min.
5. Twisted, Wardell Gray, Wardell Gray Memorial Volume 1 (orig. recorded Prestige), Wardell Gray, 3:26 min.
6. That Lonesome Road, Ruby Braff, Jazz A'la Midnight (compilation, Jazztone 1955), Nathaniel Shilkret-Gene Austin, 3:51 min.
7. Greyhound, Wardell Gray, Grayhound, Wardell Gray Memorial Volume 2 (Prestige), Wardell Gray, 3:00 min.
8. Anitake New Dance, Jazz Crusaders, Give Peace a Chance (Liberty 1970), Stix Hooper, 5:11 min.
9. One O'Clock Jump, Wardell Gray, Giants of Jazz (compilation, orig. recorded April 1947), Count Basie, 12:36 min.

9 p.m. Hour - Music by Title, Artist (Album), Composer, Time length 

1. Con Alma, Art Farmer-Benny Goodman, Big City Sounds (Argos 1960), Dizzy Gillespie, 4:58 min.
2. Pennies From Heaven, Wardell Gray, Wardell Gray Quintet - Live at The Haig 1952 (orig. recorded Zanadu), Johnston-Burke, 8:03 min.
3. Jersey Bounce, Jazztone Mystery Band, Jazztone Mystery band (Jazztone 1957), T. Bradshaw-Eddie Johnson, 3:01 min.
4. Nails, Wardell Gray-Count Basie, The Octet Sounds (Ocium, orig. recorded Columbia), Buster Harding, 3:28 min.
5. The River St. Marie, Jimmy Forest, Out of the Forest (Prestige 1961), Edgar Leslie-Harry Warren, 5:06 min.
6. Stealing Apples, Wardell Gray, The Complete Capitol Small Group Recordings of Benny Goodman 1944-1955 (Capitol Records), Fats Waller, 3:07 min.
7. But Beautiful, Stan Getz-Bill Evans, Previously Unreleased Recordings (Verve 1973), Jimmy Van Heusen-Johnny Burke, 4:43 min.
8. Bluebeard Blues, Wardell Gray, How High the Moon (compilation - Moon Records), Count Basie-Neil Hefti, 5:00 min.
9. Scrapple From the Apple, Wardell Gray, Wardell Gray Memorial Volume 2 (Prestige), Charlie Parker, 9:43 min.