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Landslide

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Album Review

Landslide is comprised of previously unreleased mateiral from three separate Dexter Gordon-led sessions between May 1961 and June 1962. The title track is a Dexter Calling... outtake featuring pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones; it was later added to the CD version of Dexter Calling... as a bonus track. Three songs — "Love Locked Out," "You Said It," "Serenade in Blue" — are from May of 1962 and feature trumpeter Tommy Turrentine, pianist Sir Charles Thompson, bassist Al Lucas and drummer Willie Bobo. The remaining three songs — "Blue Gardenia," "Six Bits Jones," "Second Balcony Jump" — were recorded in June of 1962 and feature trumpeter Dave Burns, pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Philly Joe Jones. All three sessions hold together fairly well, and although nothing on the record qualifies as a masterpiece, nothing is bad, either. In comparison to the released sessions, this material may pale somewhat, but it remains first-rate hard bop and is recommended to Gordon collectors.

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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