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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.
There are discrepancies between all the discographies I've consulted - hopefully more precise information will appear.This comprehensive discography details sessions which were previously unknown to me and adds new information regarding alternative takes and live recordings.Information from the Sixth Draft is at present being incorporated into this discography.Note that Clifton Cliff Smalls often played piano when Hines sang or conducted - Smalls is listed generally as on (tb, p, arr). 8): Probable personnel: Arthur Walker, John Willie Cook, Fats Palmer (Palmer Davis), William Bill Douglas (tp); Augustus Gus Chappel, Walter Woogie Harris, Druie Bess (tb); Clifton Cliff Smalls (tb, p, arr); George Scoops Carry (as, cl); Lloyd Smith (as); Kermit Scott, Wardell Gray (ts); John Williams (bar); Ren Hall (el-g); Earl Hines (p, dir); Eugene Gene Thomas (b); David Chick Booth (d).Masters of Jazz did not include this recording in its Wardell Gray series, despite a 16 bar solo which I believe to have been played by Gray.In general, I have listed what I understand to be the first issue of each title as well as a few of the more recent and/or more readily available sources.
The collector will find many of the titles listed long out of print.
Fortunately, both Benny Goodman and Count Basie recognized Wardell's genius, and he played a major role in the bands of both between 19. Russell Connor and Chris Sheridan, have covered these years in astonishing detail.
Claude Schlouch's essential Wardell discography was published in the early 1980s, and Dieter Salemann published his a few years later.
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.
Jan Evensmo added an exhaustive and invaluable solography in the late 1990s, and Coover Gazdar published his Easy Swing discography at around that same time. I have endeavored here to point out those discrepancies, and - wherever possible - to attempt to make sense of them.