I hope that this work will be a helpful guide to other collectors in the building of their own collections. Corrections and/or additions are most welcome please e-mail me at: Wardell [email protected] Accardi May 2012 Wardell's activities with Benny Goodman and Count Basie dominated his recording activity throughout much of 1948 through 1951. Russell Conner (Goodman) have painstakingly researched these periods.For more detailed information (solo length, tempo, etc.) please see Evensmo's web site at I am indebted to these scholars for their outstanding work: : Malcolm Walker's Wardell Gray Discography (compiled by Malcolm Walker and Don Tarrant) was unknown to me before this web site's opening in May.
CD: MJCD 148, for example, opens with a tune announced as Fatha's Idea - this is actually a 1946 rendition of Scoops Carry's Merry from AFRS Jubilee No. I Know That You Know features a 28 bar solo that must be Wardell.
This title was not included in the Masters Of Jazz series. but this is a vocal number featuring June Richmond that does not appear to involve the Hines band.
Although frequently listed, Bennie Green appears to have been drafted by the time of these recordings and does not rejoin the band until the summer of 1946 at the earliest.
A trombonist named Happy Pappy Smith is usually included among the personnel but as I have not found any contemporary mention he is not listed here.
This comprehensive discography details sessions which were previously unknown to me and adds new information regarding alternative takes and live recordings.