Wavy Gravy

I was looking through my collection of old CDs last night and saw a track on Kenny Burrell’s classic album Midnight Blue with the title Wavy Gravy. I hadn’t noticed the name before, but thought it might do as a theme tune for my Cardiff colleagues who work on gravy waves  gravitational waves

Anyway, the album was recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on April 06-07, 1963, and originally released on Blue Note (4123). The complete personnel listing is: Kenny Burrell (guitar); Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Major Holley, Jr. (bass); Bill English (drums); Ray Barretto (congas).

7 Responses to “Wavy Gravy”

    • telescoper Says:

      Interesting that this fellow acquired his name in 1969, 6 years after the Kenny Burrell track was recorded…

    • You beat me to it! From the link:

      Origin of name Wavy Gravy

      At the 1969 Texas International Pop Festival Romney was lying onstage, exhausted after spending hours trying to get festival-goers to put their clothes back on,[1] when it was announced that B.B. King was going to play. Romney began to get up; a hand appeared on his shoulder. It was B.B. King, who asked, “Are you wavy gravy?” to which Romney replied “Yes.” “It’s OK; I can work around you,” [17] said B.B. King, and he and Johnny Winter proceeded to jam for hours after that. Romney said he considered this a mystical event, and assumed Wavy Gravy as his legal name.[4]”

      What was that about the universe not only being queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose? 🙂

      The name Romney isn’t that common. Is he perhaps related to the presidential candidate? (Not that it matters, of course.)

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