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The basic discography shown below is an extremely limited and fragmented list of the recordings Gryce was associated with. I have access to the definitive Gryce discography compiled by Noal Cohen from New Jersey which, for copyright reasons, is not reproduced. It is hoped to put up a very concise version of it at some point, but I do welcome questions or contributions on any aspect of Gryce's recording career.

Gigi Gryce as Leader:

Street Scenes - Lucky Thompson/Gigi Gryce (1953/6, reissued on Vogue 74321154672), one of a compilation of the Paris Vogue sessions featuring a 1956 group led by Lucky Thompson (tracks 1-12) and the 1953 Gigi Gryce Octet (tracks 13-20), incl. Paris the Beautiful, Purple Shades, La Rose Noire, Anne Marie, Hello, Evening in Paris, Strike up the Band and Serenade to Sonny ; with Gryce (alt.), Anthony Ortega (alt./fl.), Clifford Solomon (tnr), James Cleveland (trb.), Henri Renaud (pno), Pierre Michelot (bs), Alan Dawson (drms) ; other tracks add/substitute Quincy Jones (pno, arr.), Jimmy Gourlay (gtr), Art Farmer (trpt), Clifford Brown (trpt), Marcel Dutrieux (bs) and Jean-Louis Viale (drms).

Nica's Tempo (1955, reissued on Savoy SV-0126), incl. Speculation, In a Meditating Mood, Social Call, Smoke Signal, You'll Always Be the One I Love, Kerry Dance, Shuffle Boil, Brake's Sake, Gallop's Gallop, Nica's Tempo ; three different groups drawn from Gryce (alt.), Art Farmer (trpt), Bill Barber (tba), Horace Silver (pno), Oscar Pettiford (bs), Jimmy Cleveland (trb), Gunther Schuller (fr. hn), Danny Bank (bs), Kenny Clarke (drms), Art Blakey (drms), Eddie Bert (trb), Julius Watkins (fr. hn), Cecil Payne (bass), Ernestine Anderson (vcl), Thelonious Monk (pno) and Percy Heath (bs).

Jazz Lab - Donald Byrd and Gigi Gryce (19557, reissued on Fresh Sound cd, 1989); the first Jazz Lab album, co-led by Donald Byrd (trpt) and Gryce (alt).

Gigi Gryce and the Jazz Lab Quintet (1957, reissued on Riverside OJCCD-1774-2/RLP-12-229), incl. Love for Sale, Geraldine, Minority, Zing Went the Strings of My Heart, Straight Ahead, Wake Up! ; with Gryce (alt.), Donald Byrd (trpt), Wade Legge (pno), Wendell Marshall (bs) and Art Taylor (drms).

Saying Somethin'! (1960, reissued on Prestige/New Jazz OJCCD-1851-2/NJ-8230) incl. Back Breaker, Leila's Blues, Blues in the Jungle, Down Home, Let Me Know and Jones Bones ; with Gryce (alt.), Richard Williams (trpt), Richard Wyands (pno), Reggie Workman (bs) and Granville "Mickey" Roker (drms).

The Rat Race Blues (1960, reissued on Prestige/New Jazz OJCCD-081-2/NJ-8262), incl. The Rat Race Blues, Strange Feelin', Boxer's Blues, Blues in Bloom and Monday Through Sunday ; with Gryce (alt.), Richard Williams (trpt), Richard Wyands (pno), Julian Euell (bs) and Granville "Mickey" Roker (drms).

Gigi Gryce as sideman:

The Complete Paris Sessions ,Vol.s l-lll - Clifford Brown (1953, reissued on Vogue 74321154621/2/3), as the title says, three cds of the Paris Vogue sessions, featuring the Gryce-Brown Sextet and Octet, as well as Gryce's Orchestra, incl. Minority, Salute to the Band Box, Strictly Romantic, Baby, Quick Step, Bum's Rush and No Start, No End, Keeping Up With Jonesy (audio file link ) and Brown Skins; with similar line-ups to 'Street Scenes' above and also featuring Al Hayse (alt.), Walter Williams (trpt), Benny Vasseur (tbn.), André Dabonneville (tnr) and William Boucaya (bar.)

Clifford Brown Memorial Album (1953, reissued on Blue Note CDP-7-81526-2), another two-group compilation featuring Brown as leader in both, with Gryce featured on half of the 18 tracks, incl. Wail Bait, Hymn of the Orient, Brownie Eyes, Cherokee, Easy Living, Minor Mood and Bellarosa ; with Clifford Brown (trpt), Gryce (alt.), Charlie Rouse (tnr), John Lewis (pno), Percy Heath (bs) and Art Blakey (drms).

When Farmer Met Gryce - The Art Farmer Quintet (1954/5, reissued on Prestige OJC-072/P-7085), incl. A Night At Tony's , Blue Concept, Stupendous-Lee, and Deltitnu with Art Farmer (trpt), Gryce (alt.), Percy Heath (bass), Kenny Clarke (drms), Horace Silver (pno) and Capri , Blue Lights , The Infant's Song , Social Call with Art Farmer (trpt), Freddie Reid (pno), Addison Farmer (bs) and Arthur Taylor (drms).

Do It Yourself Jazz - Duke Jordan / Hall Overton (1955, reissued on Savoy SV-0130), originally a play-along recording under the Jazz Laboratory banner, a compilation of standards and originals featuring two different quartets in which Gryce plays in the first group led by Duke Jordan, incl. Sometimes I'm Happy, Embraceable You, Jordu, Oh Yeah ; with Duke Jordan (pno), Gryce (alt.), Oscar Pettiford (bs) and Kenny Clarke (drms).

Evening in Casablanca -The Art Farmer Quintet (1955, reissued on Prestige OJCCD-241-2/P-7017), incl. Forecast, Evening in Casablanca, Nica's Tempo, Satellite, Sans Souci, and Shabozz ; with Art Farmer (trpt), Gryce (alt.), Duke Jordan (pno), Addison Farmer (bass) and Philly Joe Jones (drms).

Deep Passion - The Oscar Pettiford Orchestra (1956/7, reissued on GRP/impulse! GRP-11432), Oscar Pettiford-led big bands drawn from players below, augmented by french horns and harp, incl. Nica's Tempo, Deep Passion, Smoke Signal, Sunrise-Sunset, Not So Sleepy, Perdido , Speculation , Two French Fries , The Pendulum at Falcon's Lair, The Gentle Art of Love, Now See How You Are, I Remember Clifford, Aw! Come On, Somewhere, Laura, Little Niles and Seabreeze ; with Ernie Royal, Art Farmer, Ray Copeland Kenny Dorham (trpt), Julius Watkins, David Amram (fr. hrn), Gryce (alt., arr.), Lucky Thompson, Benny Golson (tnr, arr.), Jerome Richardson (tnr, fl.), Sahib Shihab, Danny Bank, David Kurtzer (bar.), Al Grey (tbn.), Tommy Flanagan, David Katz (pno), Whitey Mitchell (bs), Oscar Pettiford (bs, 'cello, drms), Osie Johnson (drms), Janet Putnam and Betty Glamann (hrp).

Monk's Music - Thelonious Monk Septet (1957, reissued on Riverside OJCCD-084-2/RLP-242), incl. Abide With Me, Well, You Needn't, Ruby, My Dear, Off Minor, Epistrophy, Crepuscule ; with Thelonious Monk (pno), Ray Copeland (trpt), Gryce (alt.), Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane (tnr), Wilbur Ware (bs) and Art Blakey (drms).

Lee Morgan: Volume Three - March 24, 1957, Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ,
Blue Note 15,1987 (CD reissue) featuring Hasaan's Dream , Domingo, I Remember Clifford, Mesabi Chant, Tip-Toeing, Tip-Toeing (alt.), with Lee Morgan (tpt), Gigi Gryce (as), Benny Golson (ts), Wynton Kelly (pno), Paul Chambers (bs) and Charli Persip (drms). All compositions and arrangements by Benny Golson.

Benny Golson's New York Scene - Benny Golson Quintet/Band (1957, reissued on Contemporary/Fantasy COP-043), incl. Something in B flat, Whisper Not, B.G.'s Holiday, Just By Myself and Capri ; with Benny Golson (tnr), Art Farmer (trpt), Gryce (alt.), Wynton Kelly (pno), Paul Chambers (bs), Charles Persip (drms), Sahib Shihab (bar.), James Cleveland (tbn.) and Julius Watkins (fr. hn).

Gigi Gryce as composer/arranger:

Stan Getz - Quintet and Quartet 1950/1951 (1950/51, reissued on Jazz Anthology 550102), including the following Gryce originals: Yvette, Wild Wood, Melody Express, Mosquito Knees ; with Stan Getz (tnr), Horace Silver, Al Haig (pno), Jimmy Raney (gtr), Tommy Potter, Teddy Kotick, Joe Calloway (bs), Roy Haynes, Tiny Kahn and Walt Bolden (drms).

The Art Farmer Septet (1953/6, reissued on Prestige OJCCD-054-2/P-7031), featuring the arrangements and compositions of Gryce and Quincy Jones, including Gryce's: Mau Mau, Work of Art, The Little Bandmaster, Up In Quincy's Room, Wildwood, Evening in Paris, Elephant Walk, Tiajuana , When Your Lover Has Gone ; with Art Farmer (trpt), Jimmy Cleveland (tbn.), Cliff Solomon, Charlie Rouse (tnr), Oscar Estell, Danny Bank (bar.), Quincy Jones, Horace Silver, Barry Harris (pno), Monk Montgomery (el. bs), Percy Heath, Doug Watkins (bs), Sonny Johnston and Arthur Taylor (drms).

4 Four Sax - Konitz, Sims, Foster, Jaspar (1953/4, reissued two-lp set on Jazz Vogue VJD 577), compilation featuring the above saxophonists in different sessions for French Vogue. The Belgian tenor saxophonist Bobby Jaspar recorded a set of Gryce's compositions in Paris, in 1953, incl. Eleanore, Capri, Schabozz, Simplicity, Up in Quincy's Room, Consultation, Au Tabou, Expansion ; with Bobby Jaspar (tnr), Henri Renaud (pno), Jimmy Gourlay (gtr), Jean-Marie Ingrand (bs) and jean Louis Viale (drms).

Percussion Discussion - Art Blakey/Max Roach (no liner notes, reissued on Chess CDCHESS 1010), includes in a varied set, Gryce's composition Exhibit A .

Midnight Session - Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (1957, reissued on Savoy SV0145) featuring Gryce's composition Casino, featuring Art Blakey (drms), Bill Hardman (trpt), Jackie MaLean (as), Sam Dockery (pno) and Spanky De Brest (bs) .

Afro-Cuban - Kenny Dorham (1/55, 3/55, Blue Note 7468152 CD) with Kenny Dorham (trpt), J.J.Johnson (tbn), Hank Mobley (ts), Cecil Payne (bar. sx), Horace Silver (pno), Oscar Pettiford (bs), Art Blakey (dr), Carlos Patato Valdez (congas).

Rich versus Roach - Buddy Rich and Max Roach, (Early Spring 1959 , NYC, Mercury 826 987-2 CD). Gryce was arranger for all the tunes on this album which included : Sing, Sing, Sing [by Louis Prima] (2 takes), The Casbah [by Gigi Gryce] (2 takes), Sleep [by Earl Lebieg], Figure Eights [ by Rich & Roach] - drum duel, Yesterdays [by Otto Harbach & Jerome Kern], Big Foot [by Charlie Parker] (2 takes), Limehouse Blues [by Furber & Braham] (2 takes), Toot, Toot, Tootsie Goodbye [by Kahn, Erdman, Russo & Riorito]. Recorded in NYC, early Spring 1959. Featuring, Left Channel -
Buddy Rich Quintet: Buddy Rich (drms), Willie Dennis (tbn), Phil Woods (as), John Bunch (pno), Phil Leshin (bs) and, Right Channel - Max Roach Quintet: Max Roach (drms), Tommy Turrentine (tpt), Stanley Turrentine (ts), Julian Priester (tbn), Bobby Boswell (bs).

Other recordings mentioned in discographies:

Another one - Oscar Pettiford (1955, Bethlehem 33), incl. Oscalypso .

Teddy Charles Tentet - T.Charles (1956, Atlantic 1229).

The Greatest Trumpet of Them All - Dizzy Gillespie (1957, Verve 8352).

City Lights - Lee Morgan (Blue Note) , this album featured the collaboration of Gryce and Benny Golson.

A Study in Dameronia - Tadd Dameron (1953, Prestige/Esquire LP 20-044), incl. Theme Of No Repeat, Philly J.J., Choose Now, Dial "B" For Beauty ; featuring Clifford Brown, Gryce.

Howard McGhee - Volume ll (New York, 20th May, 1953, Blue Note BLP5024), incl. Jarm, Goodbye , Futurity, Schabooz, Tranquility, Ittapanna ; featuring Howard McGhee (trpt), Gryce (as, fl), Horace Silver (pno), Tal Farlow (gtr), Percy Heath (bs), Walter Bolden (drms).

Art Blakey (Emarcy), incl. May Rah, Strictly Romantic, Salute To Birdland, Hello, Futurity, Minority, Simplicity, Eleanor ; featuring Gryce, Blakey, Joe Gordon.

Reminiscin' - Gigi Gryce Orch-Tette (1961, Mercury-20628)

The Hap'nin's - Gigi Gryce Quintet (1960, Prestige-8246) featuring Gryce (alt.), Richard Williams (trpt), Richard Wyands (pno), Julian Euell (bs) and Granville "Mickey" Roker (drms).

Modern Jazz Perspective - Gigi Gryce (1958, Columbia CL-1085)

Gigi Gryce Quartet (1958, Metrojazz SE-1006), featuring Gryce (alt.,tnr, bar., cl.,fl.), Milt Hinton (bs), Osie Johnson (drms), Hank Jones (pno).

At Newport - Cecil Taylor (side A), Gigi Gryce/Donald Byrd (side B), (1958, Verve 8238), side B features a live set from Gryce and Byrd, recorded on July 6th?, 1957, at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Earl Coleman Returns (Prestige LP-7045), incl. Social Call, featuring Earl Coleman, Art Farmer and Gryce.

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