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Bebop Spoken There

Clare Teal: "If you're brought up in a working-class family, you haven't got money for records so everything you get hold of, you treasure, learn to love, and I loved those Ella tapes." - (Radio Times 23-29 January 2021)

The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".


12,393 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 112 of them this year alone and, so far, 112 this month (Jan. 23).

Monday, January 04, 2021

Wardell Gray - Twisted (1955).

February 13 this year will mark the centenary of one of the all-time great bebop tenor saxophone players - Wardell Gray.

His tragic demise will no doubt, come the day, be rehashed over and over and we may even discover the truth! Former JNE treasurer, Alex Roberts, once told me that Frank Foster once told him that he (Wardell Gray) ran foul of The Mob. 
There are many stories along similar lines whilst others claim he fell out of bed and banged his head on the floor and his roommate panicked and dumped the body in the desert. Some have suggested racial issues, some claim he was involved with a married woman. However, what cannot be disputed is the fact that he was one helluva tenor player.

The YouTube track is, of course, the one that Annie Ross rode to fame on the back of with her vocalese version.

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