Gigi Gryce

The Hap'nin's

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The Hap'nin's Review

by Scott Yanow

Altoist Gigi Gryce, who would retire from playing altogether within a couple of years, leads his promising 1960 quintet on this CD reissue. Trumpeter Richard Williams and pianist Richard Wyands take fine solos on the six jazz standards (two of which, "Minority" and "Nica's Tempo," were Gryce's best-known tunes) while bassist Julian Euell and drummer Mickey Roker are fine in support. The hard bop set has its strong moments even this group was largely forgotten after Gryce's retirement. Worth investigating.

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