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Born in Chicago, Ousley began playing in the late 1940s, and in the 1950s, accompanied Billie Holiday and recorded with Dinah Washington. He played as a sideman with Gene Ammons in the 1950s and with Jack McDuff and George Benson in the 1960s. He released his first record as a leader in 1961. In the 1970s, he played with Lionel Hampton and Count Basie in addition to releasing further material as a leader. After 1977, he did not release another album under his own name until Grit-Grittin' Feelin' (2000). Ousley died August 13, 2015 in Brooklyn NY.
- Tenor Sax (Bethlehem, 1961)
- The Kid! (Cobblestone, 1972)
- The People's Groove (Muse, 1977)
- Sweet Double Hipness (Muse, 1980)
- That's When We Thought of Love (J's Way Records, 1986)
- Grit-Grittin' Feelin' (Delmark, 2000)
With Jack McDuff
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