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Gigi Gryce, Richard Williams – The Rat Race Blues (1979 24/96 FLAC)

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Gigi Gryce, Richard Williams - The Rat Race Blues (1979 24/96 FLAC)

Gigi Gryce, Richard Williams – The Rat Race Blues (1979 24/96 FLAC)

Artist: Gigi Gryce, Richard Williams
Album: The Rat Race Blues
Release/Reissue: 1979
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop

A1. The Rat Race Blues
A2. Strange Feelin’
A3. Boxer’s Blues
B1. Blues In Bloom
B2. Monday Through Sunday

Altoist Gigi Gryce’s next to last album before permanently dropping out of jazz has been reissued on this CD. With trumpeter Richard Williams, pianist Richard Wyands, bassist Julian Euell, and drummer Mickey Roker also part of what was a working quintet, Gryce (underrated as a soloist and a particularly strong composer) had one of his finest bands. The group swings its way through two of Gryce’s lesser-known originals and three then-recent obscurities. Interesting and generally fresh straight-ahead jazz.

Alto Saxophone – Gigi Gryce
Bass – Julian Euell
Drums – Granville Mickey Roker
Piano – Richard Wyands
Trumpet – Richard Williams