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:  One Flight Up  (2016)
Genre:  Jazz, Swing, Bebop, Hard Bop, Jazz Instrument, Saxophone Jazz
Label:  Blue Note Records
Rating:   *****


 1.  Tanya  (18:18)
 2.  Coppin' The Haven  (11:20)
 3.  Darn That Dream  (7:31)


Dexter Gordon:  Tenor Saxophone
Donald Byrd;  Trumpet on Tracks:  1, 2
Kenny Drew:  Piano
Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen:  Bass
Art Taylor:  Drums

One Flight Up is an album by Dexter Gordon, originally released on September, 1965 by Blue Note, remastered and reissued in 2016 by Blue Note Records, featuring Donald Byrd, Kenny Drew, Niel-Henning Orsted Pedersen, and Art Taylor.

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