All of Gigi Gryce's skills come together in this 1960 recording. A leader since his late teens, Gryce was an effective alto saxophonist in the Charlie Parker tradition and one of the most respected composers and arrangers of the 1950s and '60s. He was the catalyst for dozens of successful record dates by Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Donald Byrd, and other stars of the post-bop era. In The Hap'nin's, Gryce presented his working band. Richard Wyands, Julian Euell, and Mickey Roker, barely known outside of certain New York jazz circles, comprised a rhythm section of uncommon smoothness and swing. Richard Williams was developing into a trumpet soloist with a strong personal approach. The compositions include two Gryce pieces that have become jazz staples, "Nica's Tempo" and "Minority." Four standard songs benefit from the inventiveness and harmonic sophistication of Gryce's arrangements.
with Richard Williams, Julian Euell, Richard Wyands, Mickey Roker