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Triple Play is a weekly NJBIZ feature that asks top executives in New Jersey to talk about three things related to their industry.

Kevin Gallagher is North American president of Croda International — a U.K.-based multinational manufacture supplier of natural based speciality chemicals that are sold to virtually every industry, including consumer care, performance technologies and industrial chemicals. But his real love is jazz — he occasionally co-hosts a jazz show on WBGO, in Newark.

We asked him his 3 favorite jazz musicians.

Billie Holiday: Especially her recordings in the 1930s with Teddy Wilson (piano), Lester Young (tenor sax) and either Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet) or Buck Clayton (trumpet). Her phrasing is so slow and so behind the beat that she kind of floats along through the music. In these recordings, she is accompanied by some of the best jazz musicians that ever lived.

Lester Young: He defines cool. His sense of swing, unique phrasing, unusual tone and lyrical approach to his solos make him one of the true greats. He was perhaps the greatest soloist in the Count Basie Band (the "Old Testament" band) of the 1930s.

John Coltrane: Coltrane was an incredible virtuoso on the tenor saxophone. His playing is soulful and spiritual. He could play with incredible gentleness on a ballad, or make a saxophone shriek or cry with emotion. He could build up intensity and emotion and then when it couldn't be built anymore, could let the sound explode with meaning.

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