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The Complete Blue Note Sixties Sessions
Genres: Jazz, Pop
This six-CD set collects the towering tenor saxophonist's Blue Note recordings from 1961 to 1965--a period of high creativity in a long and diverse career that had begun in the bop revolution of the '40s. Throughout he is ... more »
This six-CD set collects the towering tenor saxophonist's Blue Note recordings from 1961 to 1965--a period of high creativity in a long and diverse career that had begun in the bop revolution of the '40s. Throughout he is heard in the quartets and quintets that he preferred, playing with unique authority and sustained invention. The support is consistently strong and sometimes brilliant, including contributions from pianist Sonny Clark and drummer Philly Joe Jones. A Paris session with fellow bop pioneers Bud Powell and Kenny Clarke is a highlight. Gordon's music had continued to grow and develop into the '60s, and it's possible to hear touches of Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane in his playing here, Gordon taking notes from musicians who had learned from him years before. The set includes alternate takes and recordings of Gordon's fascinating reminiscences. --Stuart Broomer
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The Long, Tall Master
George Grella | Brooklyn | 05/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dexter Gordon always had the quality of seeming to be speaking with you through the horn. In many ways, his sound and style are more the epitome of jazz than any one other musician. In and out of the scene because of an intermittent problem with heroin, the sixties were his most exciting period.If you've heard Dexter before, than you know what this is like and can't do better than this set, which includes the great records "Go," "Dexter Calling" and "Our Man In Paris," the session with Bud Powell referred to, which may be his greatest record. For those not familiar and curious, Dexter is a straight-ahead hard-bop player in a lot of ways, the first tenor saxophonist to really adapt Charlie Parker's innovations. He was a contemporary of Trane and Rollins, a bit older, and his beautiful, full, wide-open sound was a definite influence on Trane, as well as Dexter's rich harmonic style of playing. The Sonny Rollins comparison doesn't work, different sounds and styles. The one place where they fit is in ballad playing, but no one, no one, not even Miles Davis, not Ben Webster, could play a ballad like Dexter Gordon."
Classic dexter gordon
p dizzle | augusta, georgia, USA | 07/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"mr. gordon's career spanned five decades, but this period with blue note stands out as one of best. these six discs track one of those most creative periods in the tenor giant's work. sometimes overlooked sharing the spotlight with sonny rollins and john coltrane, mr. gordon carved his own niche developing a sound somewhere between bop and swing. mr. gordon loved a melody, and this collection will leave you humming along well after you've finished listening. the set benefits tremendously from the legendary blue note production giving first rate sound and ensuring top sidemen. highlights are disc 6 with bobby hutcherson revealing a swing side, disc 4 with bud powell, and my own personal favorite, disc 3, originally released as the album "Go!" with sonny clark on piano. the bonus tracks simply enrich the collection, rather than distract with material better left out. a great introduction to one of jazz's tenor giants."
Comprehensive 60's Set
political idiot | california | 07/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a beautifully packaged and comprehensive 6 CD set of Dexter Gordon's 60's sessions at Blue Note. The supporting musicians are strong and include the great Sonny Clark and Philly Joe Jones. A session with Bud Powell is smokin'. Gordon's style is similar to that of Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane and a few tracks include interviews where he discusses influences and the like. Great stuff and highly recommended."