Wilton Gaynair “Blue Bogey” (1959)

Selected Track: “Wilton’s Mood” I>

Wilton Gaynair (ts) Terry Shannon (p) Kenny Napper (b) Bill Eyden (d)  Recorded at  Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London,  August 26, 1959.

The Tempo label is the UK’s premier division of British jazz pressings of the Fifties and early Sixties, whose mythical status and extreme rarity commands prices starting at around £500. What sets them apart from Contemporary Vogue, which are pretty good in their own right, is the extraordinarily fine engineering and pressing of these all British recordings. This pressing delivers just about as perfect tonal range and physical musical presence as I think is possible in a record. Any more and you will be pouring a fresh cup of tea for the musicians in your living room.

It is only about the second or third Tempo I have ever seen in the flesh, and the first it has been my privilege to own. I am honoured. It came from the disposal of a small part of the collection of a well-known british jazz musician popular in the Fifties and Sixties.

I had never heard of Wilton Gaynair before, but he was apparently from the same stock as Dizzy Reece, and similar in background to the legendary and sought after Joe Harriot. These were black jazz musicians from the West Indies as opposed to Afro-American stock, which seems to have struck a chord with current british cognoscenti of jazz and funk, especially the DJ-tendency. These are the guys who start foaming at the mouth at any mention of Sahib Shihab.

Gaynair has a fabulous rounded tenor voice, quite fresh and with powerful grasp of variation in melody and speed that is a joy to listen to, and sufficiently different to refresh your palate with British Jazz (via the West Indies) like a nice cup of tea.

Part of the Contemporary Vogue family, it carries the same matrix code style “VMGT xxxx” and “1B” denoting original first master pressing.

Liner notes by the British jazz promoter and equivalent to Alfred Lion, Tony Hall, whose close links with TV and radio recording industry helped to ensure the financial survival of the small British Jazz scene.

Collectors Notes

The recommendation on the record came from the shop manager who commended the tenor playing of Wilton, and filled me in on some of the background. First out of the box for a private viewing before being put on sale, it demonstrated the advantage of being a regular customer who takes time for a friendly chat. I grabbed a couple of the more interesting rarities, having already got copies of many in the collection, inevitably due to the previous owner having similar taste to my own.

Cover in fairly terrible condition, laminated soft card very vulnerable to tears and scuffing, this is no beauty, but I doubt you will ever see another to compare.

The less said about the title “Blue Bogey” the better, a “bogey” being common parlance for nose-pickings. As for Blue Bogey, well, I shudder to think of the task given the record company promoters on this one. “Hi there nose-pickers! Have we got a pick for you! And he’s not “gay” (as far as we know) Its Wilton (that’s a type of luxury fine woven carpet) Gaynair.

British Jazz fans have a cult following of the likes of Tubby Hayes, who often sharpened his jazz credentials recording with the New York scene (doing a sterling performance with Dizzy Reece of ‘Round about Midnight on BN 4006 Blues in Trinity) Tempo is something to look out for, and if ever I see another its max out with the credit card. Nothing chauvinistic about UK Jazz from LondonJazzCollector, but this is good music, from London (breast swells a little with pride)

Some of the Tempo family, Japanese collector special reissues, as being sold on ebay.

A recent Tempo to surface, of the minor saxophone player Tommy Whittle recently closed, with 27 bids, at over £2,000 ($3,000)

17 thoughts on “Wilton Gaynair “Blue Bogey” (1959)

    • Offer it on Ebay with a sensible reserve, all the right tags in the description (Tempo, original. artist name and title, catalogue number, etc) good quality photos, and an accurate description of vinyl playback quality and cover condition.


    • Looks like the trail quickly goes cold, with very lttle other recorded work. One to impress your jazz friends with, drop the name in conversation, and watch the blank looks, while your “Cool Cat” reputation climbs a notch.


  1. Love the track. Warm, laid back, relaxed, perfect to listen to on a lazy Friday night while my cigar gently burns. I, too, am completely new to the name Wilton Gaynair, but that’s the fun of these posts: you learn something new every day. Not to mention the details on the Tempo imprint; new to me as well 😉


    • Is the reissue on jasmine records in the 80s any good? The price of the tempo is very high. Would appreciate your help since reactions to the sound quality of jasmine records are pretty mixed and sometimes negative.thanks


      • Hi Anon
        Jasmine are weak transfers, pretty flat and disappointing once you have heard the Tempo originals and what they should sound like. The original tapes are alleged to have disappeared during Decca moves in the 70s, just hearsay. Tempo are expensive if you ever see them on offer, I think they are worth £5-600, but not more some ask for.



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