In the Groove

“Doin’ The Gigi”


Gigi Gryce arranged music for big and small bands, recorded with his friend Thelonious Monk, and led and made LPs with his own groups.

Nowadays, Gigi Gryce is not as well remembered as he might be, given his crafty composing and tart playing. He’s one of a few alto saxophonists who came up with their own styles after absorbing Charlie Parker‘s fleet swing, unvarnished tone and knack for quoting other tunes while improvising. Gryce had plenty of ideas as a player and a writer, and he’d pack a lot of them into a short solo.

The live and studio sessions on Doin’ the Gigi span 1957 to ’61, and showcase Gryce as a swinging saxophonist, a writer of quirky melodies good for launching improvisations, and a promoter of catchy tunes that he published, written by his colleagues. There’s also Gryce the arranger for punchy small groups. For one 1960 session, he wrote a few cleverly modernized takes on swing-era standards, but not so clever that they slowed the players down. Gryce worked with some great trumpeters, and his foil on most of these dates is spitfire Richard Williams, who threatens to play rings around everyone in “Take the ‘A’ Train.” But Gryce’s arrangement sets him up.

A new Gryce sampler honors a musician who vanished from the scene, as well as a vanished era when live jazz turned up on commercial radio and TV …. [more] 

In the Groove Playlist 11/25/2015 09:30PM to 12:00AM

09:30PM Branford Marsalis Quartet “Seabreeze” from Romare Bearden Revealed (Jazz, 2009) on Marsalis Music

09:37PM Duke Pearson “Chili Peppers” from The Right Touch (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) [Remastered] (2007) on Blue Note Records

09:45PM Robert Glasper “Reckoner” from Cover on Blue Note New

09:50PM Art Farmer Quintet “Blue Lights” from When Farmer Met Gryce on Prestige

09:55PM Art Farmer Quintet “The Infant’s Song” from When Farmer Met Gryce on Prestige

09:58PM Betty Carter “Let’s Fall In Love” from Social Call (Jazz) on CBS

10:00PM Betty Carter “Tell Him I Said Hello” from Social Call (Jazz) on CBS

10:03PM Teddy Wilson “Modd Indigo” from Runnin’ Wild (1993) on 1201 Music

10:06PM McKinney’s Cotton Pickers “Gee, Ain’t I Good to You?” from Mckinney’s Cotton Pickers, Vol. 2 (Single, 2010) onCool Note

10:10PM McKinney’s Cotton Pickers “Will You, Won’t You Be My Babe ?” from McKinney’s Cotton Pickers 1927 – 1940, Vol. 2(Jazz) on Broken Audio

10:13PM McKinney’s Cotton Pickers “Blues Sure Have Got Me” from McKinney’s Cotton Pickers 1927 – 1940, Vol. 3 (Jazz) onBroken Audio

10:16PM Don Albert and his Orchestra “Deep Blue Melody” from Swing Time! on Columbia

10:21PM Slim & Slam (Slim Gaillard & Slam Stewart) “Jump Session” from Slim Gaillard: Slim’s Jam on Topaz Jazz

10:24PM Slim Gaillard And His Orchestra “Travelling Blues” from Slim Gaillard: Slim’s Jam on Topaz Jazz

10:27PM Dizzy Gillespie Octet “Reminiscing” from The Verve & Philips Small Group Sessions (2012) on Mosaic

10:34PM Gigi Gryce Quartet “Nica’s Tempo” from Nica’s Tempo (Mono Version) (Jazz) on BNF Collection

10:40PM Gigi Gryce “In a Meditating Mood” from Nica’s Tempo (Mono Version) on BNF Collection

10:47PM Art Farmer Quintet “Stupendous-Lee” from When Farmer Met Gryce on Prestige

10:52PM Gigi Gryce Quintet “The Rat Race Blues (From “The Rat Race Blues”)” from Saying Somethin’! / The Hap’nin’s / The Rat Race Blues / Reminiscin’ (Jazz, 2013) on Fresh Sound Records

11:01PM Duke Peason “I Don’t Care Who Knows It” from I Don’t Care Who Knows It on Blue Note — The vocalist is Andy Bey

11:05PM Kenny Dorham “Afrodisia” from Afro-Cuban (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition Remastered) (2007) on Blue Note Records

11:10PM Sonny Rollins “Biji” composed by Sonny Rollins from Silver City (A Celebration of 25 Years of Milestone) (2007)

11:18PM Ben Paterson “Decision” from For Once in My Life (2015) on Origin Records New

11:22PM Al Cohn & Jimmy Rowles “Taking a Chance on Love” from Heavy Love (1977) on Xanadu

11:31PM Brad Myers “Bentley’s Blues” from Prime Numbers (Single, Jazz, 2015) on Colloquy Records New

11:38PM Avishai Cohen Trio “Lo Baiom Velo Balyla” from Gently Disturbed (Jazz) on Razdaz

11:42PM Albert Rivera “You Did What?” from Back At It (2015) on Truth Revolution Records New

11:51PM Aaron Diehl “Kat’s Dance” from Space, Time, Continuum (Jazz) on Mack Avenue New

11:58PM John Ellis & Double-Wide “Horse Won’t Trot” from Charm (Jazz, 2015) on MRI New