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Wilton 'Bogey' Gaynair

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Tenor saxophonist Wilton 'Bogey' Gaynar was another of the stellar graduates of the famous Alpha Boys School in Jamaica who left behind a brief but enduring legacy as a prominent jazz musician of his time. After leaving Alpha, he began his professional career playing in the clubs of Kingston, backing touring acts as George Shearing and Carmen McRae before joining up with Ossie Williams in a forerunner to Count Ossie & the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari. In 1955 Gaynair relocated to Germany seeking out the burgeoning jazz scene which was happening in Europe. Though recognized for his hard bop expertise, he recorded only three times as a bandleader

Album

Africa Calling

Label: Candid Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Kingston By Pass; Blue Ghana; The Way You Look Tonight; Just For Jan; Rianyag; Africa Calling.

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Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair: Africa Calling

Read "Africa Calling" reviewed by Chris May


Jamaican tenor saxophonist Wilton “Bogey" Gaynair, whose passionate double-barrelled playing (and take no prisoners technical facility) illuminated the British hard bop scene in the late '50s, is today more or less forgotten. He made one headlong charge of an album, Blue Bogey, in '59, before disappearing into obscurity (or to be precise, into Germany, which at ...


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