Wardell Gray, one of the hardest swinging tenor men in modern jazz, was (like many others of the time) making a personal synthesis of Lester Young and Charlie Parker. Even when his sound was cool, his beat was hot and his lines always lissome.
These two record dates span little more than three years. "Twisted," Wardell's blues line and solo, became the basis for Annie Ross's famed lyrics and vocal performance; "The Man I Love" features Gray in solo at three different tempos from the L.A. date of 1953. Vibist Teddy Charles did the arrangement and produced the session which also featured Frank Morgan on alto and Sonny Clark on piano.
with Al Haig, Phil Hill, Teddy Charles, Sonny Clark, Frank Morgan, Tommy Potter, Johnny Richardson, Dick Nivison, Roy Haynes, Art Mardigan, Larance Marable