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This album cover is bait-and-switch

This version of Dexter Gordon's legendary album, complete with the original vinyl photo and name appears to pull a fast one on veteran DG fans. The original album performed by the pillar of jazz saxophonists, was recorded live in 1978 at Carnegie Hall along with a couple of sessions under CBS in 1979. Dexter wanted to do a recording with the late great vocalist Eddie Jefferson. Furthermore, the title on the bona fide album is placed at the header of the album whereas the one in iTunes is at the footer position.

Sony allegedly released these tunes under the same what I would consider a bait-and-switch type album title in 2012. The tunes were indeed performed live but not with the musicians from the bona fide sets.

Sony, be original. There's no need to trick the listener looking for the original sessions, particularly since they include jazz luminaries Johnny Griffin, Woody Shaw, Curtis Fuller, and as mentioned above, Eddie Jefferson. Change the title and cover, it's that simple.

While the recordings may be good, you get one star for tricking the public. After all, a good album begins there.

S. Braunginn, jazz radio program host, personal friend of Maxine Gordon


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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