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Alyn Shipton marks 60 years since the death of saxophonist Wardell Gray. Plus music by pianist and composer Lalo Schifrin, and cornettist and broadcaster Digby Fairweather.

Sixty years ago this week, saxophonist Wardell Gray was found dead in the desert outside Las Vegas. In his selection of listeners' requests, Alyn Shipton remembers this giant of the saxophone, the riddle of whose disappearance has never been solved. There's also music by Argentinian pianist Lalo Schifrin and by British cornettist and broadcaster Digby Fairweather.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 23 May 2015 17:00

Music Played

  • Digby Fairweather's Half-Dozen

    Jumping The Blues

    Performer: Collin Bates. Performer: Digby Fairweather's Half-Dozen. Performer: Pete Skivington. Performer: Randy Colville. Performer: Pete Strange. Performer: Tony Allen.
    • BBC Jazz from the 70s and 80s in Stereophonic Sound Vol 2.
    • Upbeat.
    • 12.
  • Eugen Cicero

    Old French Song

    Performer: Charly Antolini. Performer: Peter Witte.
    • Classics In Rhythm.
    • MPS.
    • 11.
  • Wardell Gray

    Blue Lou

    Performer: Irving Ashby. Performer: Irving Ashby. Performer: Jackie Mills. Performer: Jackie Mills. Performer: Erroll Garner. Performer: Erroll Garner. Performer: Wardell Gray. Performer: Red Callender. Performer: Red Callender.
    • Gene Norman's Just Jazz Concerts.
    • Vogue.
    • 3.
  • Carmen McRae


    Performer: Carmen McRae. Performer: The Jack Pleis Orchestra.
    • CABU Jazz Masters: Carmen McRae Une Anthologie 1954-6.
    • BD Jazz.
    • 24.
  • Herb Hall

    Creole Love Call

    Performer: Herb Hall. Performer: Alyn Shipton. Performer: John Defferary. Performer: Richard Trevor. Performer: Bob Barton.
    • Clarinet Duets.
    • GHB.
    • 12.
  • Wes Montgomery

    Sonny Boy

    Performer: Rick Laird. Performer: Ronnie Stephenson. Performer: Stan Tracey.
    • Body and Soul.
    • Candid.
    • 1.
  • Charles Mingus

    Old Portrait

    • IMPULSE.
    • 9.
  • Lalo Schifrin

    Shifting Gears

    Performer: Ray Brown. Performer: Max Bennett. Performer: Milt Bernhart. Performer: John Audino. Performer: Ronnie Lang. Performer: Bud Shank. Performer: Lloyd Ulyate. Performer: Lalo Schifrin. Performer: Jack Nimitz. Performer: Bill Perkins. Performer: Larry Bunker. Performer: Lew McCreary. Performer: Gene Cipriano. Performer: Dick Noel. Performer: Bud Brisbois. Performer: Mike Melvoin. Performer: Tony Terry.
    • Bullitt - Music From The Motion Picture.
    • Warner Bros Records.
    • 2.
  • Gábor Szabó

    Sombrero Sam

    Performer: Wolfgang Melz. Performer: Gábor Szabó. Performer: Richard Thompson. Performer: Lynn Blessing. Performer: Jim Keltner.
    • Magical Connection.
    • Blue Thumb.
    • 1.
  • Lady Gaga

    Lush Life

    Performer: Mike Renzi.
    • Cheek To Cheek.
    • Interscope / Columbia.
    • 7.


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