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Paul Gonsalves


The best moment of Paul Gonsalves’ musical career occurred on the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival when, to bridge the gap between “Diminuendo in Blue” and “Crescendo in Blue,” Duke Ellington urged him to have a longer solo, egging him on through 27 exciting choruses that almost caused a riot. That well-publicized event led to Ellington having a significant “return,” and Gonsalves permanently earning Ellington’s appreciation. Gonsalves had currently earned a solid popularity during his stints with Count number Basie (1946-1949) as well as the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra (1949-1950). Signing up for Ellington in 1950, Gonsalves’ warm breathy build and harmonically advanced solos had been a continuing fixture for 24 years (aside from a brief amount of time in 1953 when he was with Tommy Dorsey) and he was well-featured until his loss of life, just ten times before Ellington offered. Furthermore to his many recorded shows with Ellington, Gonsalves led schedules of his very own on an intermittent basis, including for Argo, Jazzland, Impulse (highlighted by way of a combative ending up in Sonny Stitt), Storyville, Dark Lion, and Illusion.

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Full Name Paul Gonsalves
Died May 15, 1974, London, United Kingdom
Profession Saxophonist
Nationality American
Music Groups Count Basie Orchestra, Duke Eillington and His Orchestra
Music Songs It Was a Verry Good Year, Jumpin' at the Woodside, Shiny Stockings, Hay Burner, It Don't Mean a Thing, Swingin' the Blues, One O'Clock Jump, I'm Beginning to See the Light, A Mellow Tone, Let Me See, Portrait of Louis Armstrong, Moten Swing, Sweet Georgia Brown, Switch in Time, It's Oh, So Nice, Send In the Clowns, Blues in Hoss's Flat, Well Alright Okay You Win, Just Friends, Flight of the Foo Birds, Satin Doll, That Warm Feeling, Dance of the Gremlins, Magic Flea, Orange Sherbet, Blue And Sentimental, C" Jam Blues, The Wind Machine, Basie Boogie, Blues in Frankie's Flat, Air Mail Special, That's That
Albums ...And His Mother Called Him Bill, Salt and Pepper, Cleopatra Feelin' Jazzy, Gettin' Together, Tell It the Way It Is!, Boom-Jackie-Boom-Chick, Tenor Stuff, Humming Bird, Love Calls, Rare Paul Gonsalves Sextet in Europe, Encuentro, The Nutcracker Suite, Ellingtonia Moods and Blues, Cookin', Diminuendo, Crescendo and Blues, Meets Earl Hines, Complete Recordings, Anatomy of a Murder, Gettin' Together! (Remastered 2015), The Jazz Collection, Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin', Sitting In, 56 Sax Explosion, Stanely Dance Presents The Music Of The Great Ellingtonians, Daylight Express (feat. Paul Gonsalves), Jazz Till Midnight, Ellingtonia (Bonus Track Version), Cookin' - Complete 1956-1957 Sessions, Flying Home, Daydreams (Remastered), I Love New York Jazz, Vol. 1, Express Yourself, Hit It, Fun And Sophistication, Spring Caper, Big Hit Collection, Maestros del Jazz, Vol. Ii, Cookin Easy, Easily Stop Time, Gaudy Colours, The Mega Collection, Super Bright Hits, It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing!, Freedom Loving, Mega Hits For You, Confectioner's, Broken Colour, Man At His Leisure, Ellingtonia Moods and Blues (Remastered 2015)
Movies Jazz Icons: Duke Ellington: Live in '58, The Intimate Duke Ellington

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1 Tenor saxophonist, with Count Basie (1946-49), subsequently with Duke Ellington for the remainder of his career. In later life much debilitated by his addiction to drugs and alcohol which contributed to his premature death.



Duke Ellington: Live in Montreal 1964 TV Movie Himself - Saxophone
V.I.P.'s Boogie 1951 Short Himself - Saxophone

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