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Wardell Gray (February 13, 1921 – May 25, 1955) was an American swing and bebop jazz tenor saxophonist.

Wardell Gray was born in Oklahoma City, the youngest of four children. His early childhood years were spent in Oklahoma, before moving with his family to Detroit, Michigan in 1929. In early 1935, Gray began attending Northeastern High School, and then transferred to Cass Technical High School, which is noted for having Donald Byrd, Lucky Thompson and Al McKibbon as alumni. He left… read more

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  • Avatar for brokenears1
    Greetings, have been a fan of "Twisted" for over 30 years... but just now making the real connection to Gray. "Lover Man" too? Wow! I enjoy discovering the connections. "brokenears"
  • Avatar for wormsaiboty
    Just read about him in "On The Road" Kerouac. RIP, but hooray, we have downloads for the bops, so good music will last forever.
  • Avatar for grahamr93
    This guy is such a great player
  • Avatar for gakko
    He broke his neck didn´t he? In the middle of the desert. Now how is that possible?
  • Avatar for F_Hole
    Oh man, first shout for Wardell. A great tenor player who sorta fell between the cracks of history. Wish they had more and better cuts to listen to here.

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