Friday, January 27, 2017

Dexter Gordon

Artist:  Dexter Gordon
Born:  February 27, 1923.  Los Angeles, California, USA
Died:  April 25, 1990 (Aged 67).  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Genre:  Jazz, Swing, Bebop, Hard Bop, Jazz Instrument, Saxophone Jazz
Occupation:  Musician, Composer, Bandleader, Actor
Instruments:  Tenor Saxophone, Soprano, Saxophone

Dexter Gordon as an American Jazz Tenor Saxophonist.  He was among the earliest tenor players to adapt the Bebop musical language of people such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bud Powell.  His height was 6 feet 6 inches (198 cm), so he was also known as "Long Tall Dexter" and "Sophisticated Giant".  He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in the Bertrand Tavernier film Round Midnight  in 1986, and he won a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist, for the soundtrack album the Other Side Of Round Midnight (Blue Note Records in 1986).

Title:  Dexter Calling  (2016)
Genre:  Jazz, Swing, Bebop, Hard Bop, Jazz Instrument, Saxophone Jazz
Label:  Blue Note Records
Rating:  *****


 1.  Soul Sister   (7:44)
 2.  Modal Mood  (5:24)
 3.  I Want More  (5:20)
 4.  The End Of A Love Affair  (6:54)
 5.  Clear The Dex  (4:55)
 6.  Ernie's Tune  (4:18)
 7.  Smile  (3:23)


Dexter Gordon:  Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Drew:  Piano
Paul Chambers:  Bass
Philly Joe Jones:  Drums

Dexter Calling is an album by Dexter Gordon, originally released on January 1962 by Blue Note, remastered and reissued in 2016 by Blue Note Records, featuring Kenny Drew, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones.

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