His blues cure a gray rainy day So easy, he blows you away His sax won The Chase with dizzying grace A genius at play, Wardell Gray
Today is the birthday of the late tenor sax giant Wardell Gray. His breakout recording was The Chase, a tenor battle with Dexter Gordon, recreating an after-hours jam session. You can hear Gray swinging easy on Sweet and Lovely and Lover Man on Youtube, here. Or not. Apparently Youtube took down those videos. I'm sure you can find Gray's recordings somewhere, like at a record store. Do they still have those?