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Body and Soul

Dexter Gordon

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Album Review

Tenor-saxophonist Dexter Gordon recorded three CD's worth of material during a two-day period at Copenhagen's legendary Montmartre Club; Take the 'A' Train and Both Sides of Midnight have also been released by Black Lion on CD. Gordon and his impressive quartet (pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Neils Henning Orsted Pederson and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath) play versions of "Like Someone in Love," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "There Will Never Be Another You," "Body and Soul" and "Blues Walk" that clock in between nine and 14 minutes. Ironically, Dexter, who was in peak form during his years in Europe, was somewhat forgotten in the U.S. at the time. This set is recommended along with the two other CDs from this well-documented engagement.

Customer Reviews

1967 Copenhagen session

Hip live recording with a favorite pianist, Kenny Drew, who really lays out on "Blues Walk." Dexter is featured in all his moods here, and if you never got a chance to experience him in a live setting, this is the next best thing. If you want another version of "Body and Soul" beyond Coleman Hawkins', this is a good one to have!

Anytime Dex: Come Rain or Come Shine

Dexter Gordon is my favorite tenor player and one of my top 3 favorites in jazz. This date has Dex in prime form performing at his favorite European venue: the venerated Montmartre Jazzhus in Copenhagen. Dig "Come Rain or Come Shine." It's this sort of up-tempo version, with a soaring solo and towards the end of the track, a perfect reentry by Dex after a layoff. "Body and Soul" is elegant and down-tempo, contrasting with his up-tempo version from "Homecoming" very nicely (both should be listened to one after the other to get a feel for long-tall's genius with melody). While Dex's Blue Note albums are deservedly among his most popular, these dates from his European "exile" period to me exemplify the purity and beauty of jazz within its truest expression: live.

Biography

Born: February 27, 1923 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Dexter Gordon had such a colorful and eventful life (with three separate comebacks) that his story would make a great Hollywood movie. The top tenor saxophonist to emerge during the bop era and possessor of his own distinctive sound, Gordon sometimes was long-winded and quoted excessively from other songs, but he created a large body of superior work and could battle nearly anyone successfully at a jam session. His first important gig was with Lionel Hampton (1940-1943) although, due to Illinois...
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