Thursday, February 25, 2010

One O'Clock Jump (1950)

By Count Basie & his Sextet. Filmed by Universal-International and released in 1951 as "Sugar Chile' Robinson, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and His Sextet".

That, friends, is the legendary Wardell Gray on the tenor saxophone taking 2 nice choruses of the blues. Savor it. This film is the only surviving footage of Gray performing live. I have seen a few precious seconds of a home movie in which you can see Gray for a few frames, but this is pretty much it. For further interesting reading on Wardell, check out this blog entry from a while back.

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