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Dexter Gordon: The Early Years 1941-52 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)Dexter Gordon: The Early Years 1941-52 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)
Dexter Gordon was one of the first tenor saxophonists to embrace the new bebop jazz idiom being developed by the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Bud Powell during the mid-1940s, and went on to enjoy a career which eventually encompassed four decades. His musical philosophy was that he played to entertain and communicate with his audience, and with his imposing 6’ 6” stature and jocular stage presence, allied to his big sound, he was a highly distinctive performer. He was a major force in the development of modern saxophone style, building on the influences of Lester Young to become himself an influence on the likes of Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. This collection focuses on the first decade or so of his recording career, from his 1941 recording debut with The Lionel Hampton Orchestra and sessions with The Billy Eckstine Orchestra and Dizzy Gillespie, then incarnations of his own small groups, most notably his legendary tenor sax ‘duels’ with Wardell Gray in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s through to 1952, when his career was interrupted for a few years by brushes with the law over his drug use. It includes several of the marvellously exciting extended ‘live’ performances with Gray, which along with the studio recordings provide an entertaining insight into his artistry. (Acrobat Music) 


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Dexter Gordon: Settin' The Pace (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
Dexter Gordon was the first musician to create an authentic BeBop style on the tenor saxophone. Long Tall Dexter's musical adventures during the turbulent BeBop era are extensively featured in this box set. Dexter's influence on other saxophonists is undoubted, noticeable on the early recordings of Stan Getz and later in the fifties on Jackie McLean, Clifford Jordan and particularly Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane.

The 55 tracks on this set span the period 1943-1950 and feature the immense talents of Dexter himself as well as such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, Ben Webster, Billy Eckstine and Barney Kessel. The 44 pages in the booklet are crammed with rare photos, track information and the story of one of the true giants of jazz. (Proper Records)

 


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Dexter Gordon: Settin' The Pace (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)


Dexter Gordon: On Dial- The Complete Sessions (CD: Spotlite)Dexter Gordon: On Dial- The Complete Sessions (CD: Spotlite)
A wonderful, complete collection of Gordon's recordings (including alternates) for Dial, made in June and December 1947. Includes the studio version of 'The Chase', the famous tenor battle with Wardell Gray. 


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Dexter Gordon: Blows Hot and Cool (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)
The complete original album ‘Dexter Blows Hot and Cool’ (originally : Dootone, 1955), features Gordon in quartet & quintet formats, and was one of the first LPs by Gordon (whose previous recordings had been issued mainly on 78s). This was the saxophonist’s only collaboration with pianist Carl Perkins. As a bonus, is added most of Gordon’s previous session, recorded in a quartet format with Kenny Drew on piano.

Dexter Gordon (1923-1990) was one of the very first bebop tenor saxophonists. By the time he was fifteen, he had already played in bands with Chico Hamilton and Buddy Collette ! He was a member of the Lionel Hampton and Louis Armstrong orchestras in the early forties, joined the Billy Eckstine band and recorded with Charlie Parker in 1945.

Dexter returned to Los Angeles in 1948, and went on to record with Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Max Roach, Benny Carter, Art Blakey, Fats Navarro, J.J. Johnson, Tadd Dameron, Jimmy Giuffre, and Kenny Clarke, to name just a few. He also began his famous recordings with Wardell Gray.

Dexter Gordon, tenor sax, and Leroy Vinnegar, bass, on all tracks - plus: Carl Perkins, piano; Chuck Thompson, drums; Jimmy Robinson, trumpet (on 3 tracks) - Hollywood, California, November 11 &12, 1955. Bonus tracks: Kenny Drew (p), Lawrence Marable (d). Hollywood, California, September 18, 1955. (Discovery Records) 


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Dexter Gordon: Blows Hot and Cool (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)


Dexter Gordon: The Resurgence Of (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)Dexter Gordon: The Resurgence Of (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)
The complete original 1960 album ‘The Resurgence of Dexter Gordon’ (originally on Jazzland).This album marked the saxophonist’s first recording since 1955 and Gordon’s sole recorded collaboration with pianist Dolo Coker (who composed four of the tunes from the album).

Added, as a bonus, are six out of the seven tunes from an interesting session recorded five years earlier (Dexter doesn’t play a solo on the missing tune). It presents exactly the same instrumentation of tenor sax, trombone, trumpet and rhythm section, and features such stars as Frank Rosolino and Conte Candoli.

Personnel : Dexter Gordon, tenor sax, on all tracks, with : Richard Boone, trombone; Martin Banks, trumpet; Dolo Coker, piano; Charles Green, bass; Lawrence Marable, drums - Los Angeles, October 13, 1960. On bonus tracks : Frank Rosolino (tb), Conte Candoli (tp), Lou Levy (p), Leroy Vinnegar (b), Stan Levey (d) - Los Angeles, September 27 & 28, 1955. (Discovery Records) 


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Dexter Gordon: 5 Original Albums (CD: Blue Note, 5 CDs)
Includes the albums 'Doin' Allright', 'Dexter Calling', A Swingin' Affair', 'One Flight Up' & 'Gettin' Around'. 


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Dexter Gordon: 5 Original Albums (CD: Blue Note, 5 CDs)


Dexter Gordon: Doin' Allright (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Dexter Gordon: Doin' Allright (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Though he first recorded in the late-1940s, Dexter Gordon’s Blue Note debut Doin’ Allright—recorded and released in 1961—marked a rebirth for the great tenor saxophonist after a decade in which drug addiction and legal troubles limited his output. But his Blue Note years put him back on top with a run of essential albums that stand as classics of the jazz canon. Doin’ Allright featured a top flight quintet with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, pianist Horace Parlan, bassist George Tucker, and drummer Al Harewood on a set that presented bluesy hard bop originals like “Society Red” and highlighted Gordon’s stunning balladry on the standard “You’ve Changed.

This Blue Note 80 Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


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Dexter Gordon: Go (CD: Blue Note RVG)
Go! --- title of 50s Beat Generation jazz novel, with hipsters hepped to bebop and ecstatic at live performances. Dex Gordon was a model---on this 1962 gig, driving up-tempo originals ("Cheese Cake"), warm-toned ballads ("Where are You"), solid, broad-shouldered standards ("Love for Sale"). Marvellous support from Sonny Clark, piano, with Butch Warren and Billy Higgins completing rhythm. Classic Blue Note issue. (Andrew Clark, Editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.)  


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Dexter Gordon: Go (CD: Blue Note RVG)


Dexter Gordon: Go (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Dexter Gordon: Go (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)

Limited Edition, 180g Pressing. 


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Dexter Gordon: A Swingin' Affair (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Just 2 days after saxophonist Dexter Gordon recorded his classic album GO! in August 1962 he brought the same quartet with pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Butch Warren, and drummer Billy Higgins back into Rudy Van Gelder’s studio to record the equally sublime A Swingin’ Affair. All the joy and beauty of the great tenor man’s music can be found in the irrepressible opener “Soy Califa,” a Gordon original that moves deftly between Latin and swing rhythms as Dex holds forth with his commanding horn. The feeling of the music is reflected perfectly in Reid Miles’ masterful cover design featuring Francis Wolff’s incredible photo.

This Blue Note 80 Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal. (Blue Note Records) 


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Dexter Gordon: A Swingin' Affair (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Dexter Gordon: Our Man In Paris (CD: Blue Note RVG)Dexter Gordon: Our Man In Paris (CD: Blue Note RVG)
'While Dexter Gordon originally planned to play a set of his own tunes for this gig, he changed to an all-standards set to accommodate the rhythm section, which was unfamiliar with his tunes. Thus, familiar gems stud the lineup, from 'Scrapple From The Apple' to 'Stairway to the Stars,' and even include an unforgettable impromptu performance of 'Like Someone in Love'.

The rhythm section features Bud Powell (piano), Pierre Michelot (bass), and Kenny Clarke (drums), a trio that had been playing together for four years before this record date. And, between Gordon's high-octane improvisation that falls between Bop and Swing, Powell's melodic intensity, Clarke's clever accentuation, and Michelot's flawless harmonic support, this album both cooks and simmers with stellar improvisation and interaction: Jazz at its Best.' (Album Leaves, the BIRDpages Record Review)

A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf 


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Dexter Gordon: Ballads (CD: Blue Note)
A compilation of ballad standards from one of the masters of the form. Gordon's broad, vibrant, muscular tone, emotional power, and sure authority are always evident: we believe in his playing. A variety of excellent support across mostly 60s dates, with trumpets Donald Byrd and Freddie Hubbard, pianists Sonny Clark, Kenny Drew, George Cables and Bud Powell, and drummers Billy Higgins and Kenny Clarke. An essentially melodic (and romantic) repertoire is highlighted by Gordon's splendid, much-admired "Willow Weep for Me," "Don't Explain," "You've Changed," and evergreen "Body and Soul." Very recommended, just for "Willow" alone! (Andrew Clark, Editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.)

Nice compilation of the softer side of Gordon's albums for Blue Note, including gorgeous versions of songs associated with Billie Holiday- an aching You've Changed and I'm A Fool To Want You. I'd urge you to buy the original albums but this is a great sampler for the beginner.  


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Dexter Gordon: Ballads (CD: Blue Note)


Dexter Gordon: Montmartre 1964 (CD: Storyville)Dexter Gordon: Montmartre 1964 (CD: Storyville)
Previously unreleased live recording of the great tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, alongside a star-studded line-up - bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, pianist Tete Montoliu and drummer Alex Riel performing at the classic Copenhagen venue Jazzhus Montmartre, which has now closed.

Listening to this album takes you back to the atmosphere and sound of Jazzhus Montmartre on a random night in the 1960s, engulfing you in Dexter Gordon's enormous aura. Dexter's arrival in Copenhagen had a tremendous impact that left a lasting impression on the Danish jazz scene. He was handsome and well-dressed. His playing was superb, with a giant sound; his introductions and showmanship were unique and captivating. In addition, Dexter felt the Danish mentality was well-suited for playing and enjoying jazz.

It's impossible not to notice Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen on this recording. He was already a virtuoso in 1964, at the age of 18. NHØP was a genius on the contrabass. First and foremost, however, this session is an excellent example of how good it sounds when musicians get to play together every night, week after week. The trio played with Dexter three months throughout the summer to a full house every night. With the great Tete Montoliu the trio was burning behind Dexter. This album is an example of the superior quality of the music that was played at Montmartre during this golden era. (Proper Music) 


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Dexter Gordon Quartet: Cheese Cake (CD: Steeplechase)
 


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Dexter Gordon Quartet: Cheese Cake (CD: Steeplechase)


Dexter Gordon Quartet: King Neptune (CD: Steeplechase)Dexter Gordon Quartet: King Neptune (CD: Steeplechase)
 


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Dexter Gordon Quartet: I Want More (CD: Steeplechase)
 


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Dexter Gordon Quartet: I Want More (CD: Steeplechase)


Dexter Gordon Quartet: It's You Or No One (CD: Steeplechase)Dexter Gordon Quartet: It's You Or No One (CD: Steeplechase)
 


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Dexter Gordon Quartet: Billie's Bounce (CD: Steeplechase)
 


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Dexter Gordon Quartet: Billie's Bounce (CD: Steeplechase)


Dexter Gordon: More Power (CD: Prestige- US Import)

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Dexter Gordon: The Panther (CD: Prestige- US Import)Dexter Gordon: The Panther (CD: Prestige- US Import)
 


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Dexter Gordon Quartet: The Apartment (CD: Steeplechase)
 


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Dexter Gordon Quartet: The Apartment (CD: Steeplechase)


Dexter Gordon & Benny Bailey Quintet: Round Midnight (CD: Steeplechase)Dexter Gordon & Benny Bailey Quintet: Round Midnight (CD: Steeplechase)
 


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Dexter Gordon & Benny Bailey Quintet: Revelation (CD: Steeplechase)
 


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Dexter Gordon & Benny Bailey Quintet: Revelation (CD: Steeplechase)


Dexter Gordon: Biting The Apple (CD: Steeplechase)Dexter Gordon: Biting The Apple (CD: Steeplechase)
 


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Dexter Gordon Quartet: The Shadow Of Your Smile (CD: Steeplechase)
 


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Dexter Gordon Quartet: The Shadow Of Your Smile (CD: Steeplechase)


Dexter Gordon: Heartaches (CD: Steeplechase)Dexter Gordon: Heartaches (CD: Steeplechase)
Recorded live at Monmartre Jazzhus, Copenhagen, August 1965. 


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Dexter Gordon: Ladybird (CD: Steeplechase)
 


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Dexter Gordon: Ladybird (CD: Steeplechase)


Dexter Gordon: Strings & Things (CD: Steeplechase)Dexter Gordon: Strings & Things (CD: Steeplechase)
 


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Dexter Gordon: Candlelight Lady (CD: Steeplechase)
The legendary tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, recorded live at Montmartre Jazzhus, Copenhagen in 1974. The whole concert has never been made available to the public before, with just a few tracks ever being broadcast in Denmark.

Gordon's quartet includes his fellow Americans - the pianist Kenny Drew and drummer Ed Thigpen - alongside the local bassist Mads Vinding. The saxophonist displays his customary relaxed yet intense creativity, as they perform five original compositions by Gordon and the jazz standard "There is No Greater Love" by Isham Jones. (Proper Music) 


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Dexter Gordon: Candlelight Lady (CD: Steeplechase)


Dexter Gordon: The Comeback (CD: Jazz Row)Dexter Gordon: The Comeback (CD: Jazz Row)
This edition contains Dexter Gordon’s complete October 22, 1976, New York studio session. These are the very first recordings made by the tenor saxophonist upon returning to the U.S. after a 14-year exile in Europe. This is the first time that any of this material has appeared on CD.

Dexter Gordon & Al Cohn, tenor saxophones; Blue Mitchell & Sam Noto, trumpets; Barry Harris, piano; Sam Jones, bass; and Louis Hayes, drums. (Discovery Records) 


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Dexter Gordon Quintet: At The Village Gate 1976 (CD: Domino Jazz)
A very rare, previously unissued live performance by the Dexter Gordon Quintet with Woody Shaw, recorded at the Village Gate, in New York, on October 25, 1976. This concert precedes the well-known Village Vanguard sets issued as ‘Homecoming’ by about a month and a half. Gordon had just arrived to the United Stated from Europe, where he had been living for many years. The set presented here contains the only existing versions of Horace Silver’s “Strollin’” and “You’ve Changed” by this line-up.

Personnel : Dexter Gordon, tenor sax; Woody Shaw, trumpet; Ronnie Mathews, piano; Stafford James, bass; Louis Hayes, drums - Live at the Village Gate, New York, October 25, 1976. On bonus track : Dexter Gordon (ts), Woody Shaw (tp), Milt Jackson (vib), Kirk Lightsey (p), David Eubanks (b), Eddie Gladden (d) - “Playboy Jazz Festival”, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, June 20, 1982. (Discovery Records) 


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Dexter Gordon Quintet: At The Village Gate 1976 (CD: Domino Jazz)


Dexter Gordon Quartet: Espace Cardin 1977 (CD: Elemental)Dexter Gordon Quartet: Espace Cardin 1977 (CD: Elemental)
Not forsaking Europe entirely, after his return home to the U.S. in 1977, Gordon returned for gigs like the inspired set captured here at the Espace Pierre Cardin (Théâtre de la Ville) in Paris in September 25, 1977. Sharing the stage with him that night are the well-known rhythm section of French bassist Pierre Michelot and American drummer Kenny Clarke. What makes this performance unique is that it is the only known recording of Gordon playing with one of the stalwarts of bebop piano, Al Haig. A constant presence on 52nd street during the embryonic days of bebop in the late 1940s, Haig’s career had gone fallow by the 1960s. At the time of this performance, he was experiencing a much-deserved rediscovery. (Elemental Music) 


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Dexter Gordon Quartet: Live In Châteauvallon 1978 (CD: Elemental, 2 CDs)
This previously unreleased recording features the legendary saxophonist Dexter Gordon with his quartet, George Cables (piano), Rufus Reid (bass) and Eddie Gladden (drums), captured live at the Chateauvallon Jazz Festival in 1978. Included in the 2 CD set, is a 16-page booklet containing rare photos, and special essays by famed jazz producer Michael Cuscuna, Penguin Guide to Jazz's Brian Morton and Gordon's widow, Maxine.

"The original quartet was at its peak from its first notes to its last gig, as this concert bears out. Dexter is in a joyous and fiery mood, peppering his solos with outrageous quotes from other songs and stretching out. Few recordings by this amazing foursome have surfaced. This concert is a worthy addition to their discography." Michael Cuscuna (Proper Music) 


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Dexter Gordon Quartet: Live In Châteauvallon 1978 (CD: Elemental, 2 CDs)


Dexter Gordon: Atlanta Georgia May 5 1981 (CD: Storyville)Dexter Gordon: Atlanta Georgia May 5 1981 (CD: Storyville)
This is the first-time release of a live session with the Dexter Gordon quartet from a club in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1981. There are seven tunes and 79 minutes of playing time on the CD. Dexter Gordon is accompanied by his regular superstar rhythm section of Kirk Lightsey, Rufus Reid and Eddie Gladden. The repertoire consists of both jazz standards, ballads and original compositions by Gordon and pianist George Cables. (Storyville Records) 


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