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Doin' the Gigi

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Gigi Gryce had a short but productive career, which lasted roughly a decade before he abruptly left jazz in the early 1960s to become a teacher. This compilation of unissued performances is an important addition to his legacy, particularly the 1961 Birdland broadcast, which features the working band he used for his Rat Race Blues album pianist Richard Wyands, trumpeter Richard Williams, bassist Julian Euell, and drummer Mickey Roker, plus the addition of vibraphonist Eddie Costa who died tragically in a car wreck the following year. Beginning with an extended workout of Norman Mapp's "Blues in Bloom" though it is actually a modal work, not a blues, the sextet's loping ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Gigi Gryce had a short but productive career, which lasted roughly a decade before he abruptly left jazz in the early 1960s to become a teacher. This compilation of unissued performances is an important addition to his legacy, particularly the 1961 Birdland broadcast, which features the working band he used for his Rat Race Blues album pianist Richard Wyands, trumpeter Richard Williams, bassist Julian Euell, and drummer Mickey Roker, plus the addition of vibraphonist Eddie Costa who died tragically in a car wreck the following year. Beginning with an extended workout of Norman Mapp's "Blues in Bloom" though it is actually a modal work, not a blues, the sextet's loping treatment is full of inventive solos. Gryce tackles "A Night in Tunisia" at a brisk clip, taking a sparkling two chorus solo, while also featuring each member of the band in turn. The sextet is also heard in two studio tracks from 1961, a brief "Blues in Bloom" and Gryce's sassy blues "Doin' the Gigi" also known as "Strange Feeling". The credits have been lost to another studio date with Williams and Wyands, though the bassist and drummer are unknown. The introduction of Gryce's setting of "Take the 'A' Train" transforms the famous theme from a subway to a locomotive, showcasing Williams and Wyands before the leader opens his solo with a humorous, unexpected quote from "Dixie." Gryce's ballad playing is the highlight of "I'll Walk Alone" a Sammy Cahn-Jule Styne piece from a '40s film, with a fine open horn solo by Williams and muted work behind the saxophonist at the conclusion. A 1957 TV broadcast is the source of several performances, featuring Gryce leading a band with baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne, pianist Duke Jordan, bassist Wendell Marshall, and drummer Art Taylor. They are all fairly concise due to the time constraints of the television program, but they hint at the strengths of the quintet. Stand-out tracks include the abbreviated version of Gryce's brisk "Movin'," and a midtempo rendition of the standard "There'll Never Be Another You." The detailed liner notes by Noel Cohen and Michael Fitzgerald, which were adapted from their biography of Gigi Gryce, plus the numerous photos, are added bonuses to this valuable collection of essential bop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/19/2011
  • Label: Uptown Jazz
  • UPC: 026198276423
  • Catalog Number: 2764
  • Sales rank: 203,998

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blues in Bloom - Gigi Gryce Sextet (11:24)
  2. 2 A Premonition of You (aka Baby G) - Gigi Gryce Sextet (4:40)
  3. 3 A Night in Tunisia - Gigi Gryce Sextet (7:37)
  4. 4 Down Home - Gigi Gryce Sextet (5:35)
  5. 5 Blues in Bloom - Gigi Gryce Sextet (3:02)
  6. 6 Dancing the Gigi (aka Strange Feelin') - Gigi Gryce Sextet (2:31)
  7. 7 Sonor (aka Sonar) - Gigi Gryce Quintet (3:32)
  8. 8 Down Home - Gigi Gryce Quintet (4:16)
  9. 9 Take the 'A' Train - Gigi Gryce Quintet (4:00)
  10. 10 Stompin' at the Savoy - Gigi Gryce Quintet (2:37)
  11. 11 I'll Walk Alone - Gigi Gryce Quintet (4:32)
  12. 12 Caravan - Gigi Gryce Quintet (4:58)
  13. 13 All the Things You Are - Gigi Gryce Quintet (1:46)
  14. 14 Announcements by Al "Jazzbo" Collins & Hugh Downs - Gigi Gryce Quintet (0:28)
  15. 15 Movin' (aka Leila's Blues, Kunteta's Blues) - Gigi Gryce Quintet (1:32)
  16. 16 There Will Never Be Another You - Gigi Gryce Quintet (2:35)
  17. 17 Man of Moods - Gigi Gryce Quintet (2:46)
  18. 18 The Blues Walk (aka Somebody Done Stole My Blues, Loose Walk) - Gigi Gryce Quintet (2:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gigi Gryce Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Duke Jordan Piano
Cecil Payne Baritone Saxophone
Art Taylor Drums
Richard Wyands Piano
Julian Euell Bass
Wendell Marshall Bass
Mickey Roker Drums
Richard Williams Trumpet
Technical Credits
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Gigi Gryce Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Michael Cuscuna Photo Courtesy
Frank Driggs Photo Courtesy
Duke Ellington Composer
Esmond Edwards Cover Photo
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Frank Paparelli Composer
Doug Pomeroy Mastering
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Juan Tizol Composer
Robert E. Sunenblick Producer
Christopher Drukker Graphic Design
Michael Fitzgerald Liner Notes
Cynthia Sesso Cover Photo
Wiggins Composer
Tad Hershorn Photo Courtesy
Bill Welham Mastering
Noel Cohen Liner Notes
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