The Rat Race Blues

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The Rat Race Blues
The Rat Race Blues.jpg
Studio album by Gigi Gryce
Released 1960
Recorded June 7, 1960
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Genre Jazz
Length 40:11
Label New Jazz
NJLP 8262
Producer Esmond Edwards
Gigi Gryce chronology
The Hap'nin's
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The Rat Race Blues

The Rat Race Blues is an album by American saxophonist Gigi Gryce recorded in 1960 for the New Jazz label.[1][2]

Harvey Pekar, writing in his four star review in the August 10, 1962 issue of Down Beat stated: "Gryce's major contributions to jazz have been made as an outstanding composer-arranger. But his writing ability notwithstanding... this is primarily a blowing session."[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
Down Beat 4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[6]

Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars stating "The group swings its way through two of Gryce's lesser-known originals and three then-recent obscurities. Interesting and generally fresh straight-ahead jazz".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Gigi Gryce except as indicated

  1. "The Rat Race Blues" - 6:35
  2. "Strange Feelin'" (Sam Finch) - 7:45
  3. "Boxer's Blues" - 6:58
  4. "Blues in Bloom" (Norman Mapp) - 7:44
  5. "Monday Through Sunday" (Mapp) - 11:09



  1. ^ Gigi Gryce discography accessed May 31, 2013
  2. ^ New Jazz Records discography accessed May 31, 2013
  3. ^ Down Beat: August 16, 1962 vol. 29, no. 22
  4. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed May 31, 2013
  5. ^ Down Beat: August 16, 1962 vol. 29, no. 22
  6. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 90. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.