|All Artists: Dexter Gordon|
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Dexter Gordon considered this his finest album and few would disagree. With the perfect rhythm section of Sonny Clark, Butch Warren and Billy Higgins, this tenor giant reinvents standards like "Three O'Clock In The Morning... more »
Dexter Gordon considered this his finest album and few would disagree. With the perfect rhythm section of Sonny Clark, Butch Warren and Billy Higgins, this tenor giant reinvents standards like "Three O'Clock In The Morning," "Second Balcony Jump" and "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry" and introduces his most famous composition "Cheese Cake."
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A must have classic
Tim Withee | Los Angeles, CA | 08/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well, I'm not going to be able to add much to the great reviews for GO! other than in my opinion, this was Gordon's best album. His playing is beautiful, passionate, his tone big and powerful, he's playing behind the beat (as always) and full of good humor -- I mean, the "Take me out to the ballgame" lick on "3 O'Clock in the Morning," and his takeoff from that line is almost worth the price of the CD in itself.
This is a recording that grows on you the more you play it. You get to appreciate the infinite subtlety of Gordon's playing the more you listen. He wasn't all that understated, it's just that he was just plain brilliant. GO! highlights that brilliance forever.
If you're new to jazz and the great tenormen, this side is one of those "gold standard" recordings you have to have. Not because those of us who dig it say so, it's because it's very likely you'll love this CD as you play it time and time again.
Dexter Goes For It
Jack Baker | LeRoy,IL | 03/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dexter Gordon recorded Go! in 1962, mere days before departing for an extended stay in Europe. He is joined on this classic session by Sonny Clark on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. The liner notes state that this was one of Dexter's favorite sessions, a "classic", as he puts it. It's easy to see why, as this album cooks from start to finish. The interplay between the four musicians is fantastic and Dexter sounds simply amazing. There's no other tenor who sounds like he does. His tone is simply astonishing in its depth. The album opens with the Gordon original "Cheesecake" , a rollicking number that lets both Gordon and Clarke show off their chops. "Second Balcony Jump" is bop in the same vein, fresh and fun. The ballads all stand out here, with Gordon's version of "Love for Sale" a real treat. The album closes with a delightful version of "Three O'Clock in the Morning" where Dexter even throws in a bit of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame". The Van Gelder remaster sounds incredible, very clear. A few days later, Blue Note would usher these same musicians back into the studio, the session producing A Swingin' Affair. If you enjoy Go!, I highly encourage you to check out that album as well, which to my mind is a subtle improvement over this session. That's no knock on Go!, which is an essential addition to any jazz collection."
One of the best of its era...
William E. Adams | Midland, Texas USA | 06/25/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is my first Dexter CD, and I have wanted it for several years. The 38 minutes on here are well-spent, and they impress more with each listen. Still, there are CD's from the same period by John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Paul Desmond, Stan Getz, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, and Art Pepper in my collection that I like just as much if not a little more. "Go!" is often considered to be Dexter's best, and perhaps it is in the top 25 saxophone releases of the early '60's, but that was an era of jazz giants on that family of instruments, so the competition is fierce for the "very best albums" list. My favorite of the six tracks on here would be "I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry" a lovely ballad seldom given a jazz instrumental treatment. Dexter's friends on this disc, Sonny Clark on the piano, Butch Warren on bass and Billy Higgins on drums really add a lot to the enjoyment here."