Wade Legge Trio – Wade Legge Trio (2016)

Wade Legge Trio - Wade Legge Trio (2016)
Artist: Wade Legge Trio
Album: Wade Legge Trio
Genre: Post-Bop
Origin: USA
Released: 2016
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tracklist:
Play, Legge, Play (3:16)
Flabbee-Do (3:36)
Bagdad Express (4:10)
I Only Have Eyes For You (3:20)
Perdido (3:08)
Dream A Little Dream Of Me (3:17)
Wade Leg’s Blues (3:44)
A Swedish Folksong (Dear Old Stockholm) (3:11)
Dance Of The Infidels (3:16)
Aren’t You Glad You’re You (3:16)
These Foolish Things (2:52)
Why Don’t You Believe Me (2:51)
Sweet Sue, Just You (2:41)
All The Things You Are (3:35)
The Squirrel (3:12)
Gene’s Stew (bonus track) (5:23)
Spice (bonus track) (4:26)
Music House (bonus track) (4:38)
Joyce’s Choice (bonus track) (4:24)
Spice (bonus track) (2:41)
Bradley’s Beans (bonus track) (3:20)
Sugar Hips (bonus track) (3:24)

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Wade Legge (1934-1963) was still under 20 when he recorded his only trio sessions, but by then he had been Dizzy Gillespie’s pianist since September 1952. The recordings took place in Stockholm and Paris in February 1953, while Gillespie’s quintet was on tour in Europe. Like other young pianists then, he espoused the Bud Powell idiom, but, while paying considerable attention to his own playing, he also devoted time to composing. Here he is solidly backed by Dizzy’s regulars, bassist Lou Hackney and drummer Al Jones. That same February the trio also recorded with the great Swedish baritone Lars Gullin, and with Dizzy’s full ensemble minus the trumpeter, showcasing vocalist Joe Carroll and baritone sax Bill Graham. In these early sessions, young Legge showed great potential as a talented, promising and inventively lyrical player.

After his time with Gillespie, Legge settled in New York City to freelance. The remaining sides in this collection attest to Legge’s skill as a pianist while he developed his own voice, but also display his gifts as an imaginative composer in sessions with vibist Joe Roland and drummer Will Bradley Jr.

During his brief career he appeared on more than 50 recordings, showing himself an expert mixer of styles and moods. After retiring to Buffalo in 1959, he died in 1963 at the early age of 29.

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