The Chicago Sound

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The Chicago Sound
The Chicago Sound.jpg
Studio album by Wilbur Ware Quintet featuring Johnny Griffin
Released 1957
Recorded October 16 and November 18, 1957
Reeves Sound Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 38:25
Label Riverside
RLP 12-252
Producer Orrin Keepnews

The Chicago Sound is the sole album led by American jazz bassist Wilbur Ware. It features a quintet with the saxophonist Johnny Griffin and was recorded in 1957 for the Riverside label.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Allmusic awarded the album 4½ stars with its review by Scott Yanow claiming the album is "a fine debut by Ware. It seems strange that in his remaining 20-plus years the bassist never led another album".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Wilbur Ware except as indicated

  1. "Mamma-Daddy" - 3:53
  2. "Body and Soul" (Frank Eyton, Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour) - 3:15
  3. "Desert Sands" (Paul Dunlap, Edward Heyman, Stuff Smith) - 5:28
  4. "31st and State" - 6:27
  5. "Lullaby of the Leaves" (Bernice Petkere, Joe Young) - 2:56
  6. "Latin Quarters" (John Jenkins) - 4:37
  7. "Be-Ware" (Jenkins) - 4:28
  8. "The Man I Love" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 7:21
  • Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios in New York City on October 16 (tracks 1 & 3-7) and November 18 (tracks 2 & 8), 1957



  1. ^ Riverside Records discography accessed September 14, 2012
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed September 14, 2012