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This previously unreleased live recording, from a 1974 Scandinavian tour, highlights the strong partnership of Dexter Gordon and trumpeter Benny Bailey. Backed by a European rhythm section, the two stretch out on four long tracks: an easygoing "C Jam Blues," a Bailey ballad feature on "I Can't Get Started," and two Gordon originals, the minor-key bop vehicle "Montmartre" and the slow-grooving title track. Happily, the disc captures Gordon in excellent form. From the very first minutes, his tonal command and forceful yet laid-back swing transport the listener. Bailey's playing is extroverted, full of brash wit. One hates to sound like an old crank and say they don't make 'em like this anymore, but the feeling is practically unavoidable. There's a dramatic hike in volume six or so minutes into "Montmartre," but otherwise the recording is unblemished. ~ David R. Adler, Rovi


Born: 13 August 1925 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s

It is a bit ironic that Benny Bailey is best known for his contributions to the famous Eddie Harris/Les McCann Swiss Movement album, since he admitted later on that he did not care for the funky music. An extroverted and highly expressive player who mostly appeared in boppish settings, Bailey's longtime residence in Europe resulted in him gaining less fame (although probably more work) than if he had spent more time in the U.S. Bailey had some training on piano and flute early in his career, switched...
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