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One Flight Up (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition Remastered)

Dexter Gordon

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One Flight Up

Recorded in Paris in 1964 by a slew of ex-pat Americans — Dexter Gordon (tenor sax) Donal Byrd (trumpet) Kenny Drew (piano) and Art Taylor (drums) — with one lone European, the then 18-year-old and already brilliant bassist, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, One Flight Up is a great jazz album that deserves more discovery. Taylor’s snare snaps you to attention at the opening of ‘Tanya’ a three-chord modal vamp in the vein of Miles Davis’ All Blues. The tune’s composer, Byrd, and the superb rhythm section lay down the theme before Gordon’s throaty tenor pours forth a veritable, yet warmly sweet, volcano of sound. Taylor is especially effective over the tune’s 18 minutes.


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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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Avant-Garde Jazz, Hard Bop
  • Released: Jun 02, 1964

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