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Album Review

One of two albums recorded on the set of the movie Round Midnight, The Other Side of Round Midnight features tenor-saxophonist Dexter Gordon (the star of the film) in a minor role, playing on just four of the nine numbers. However, the performances also feature Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano, trumpeters Palle Mikkelborg and Freddie Hubbard, pianists Herbie Hancock and Cedar Walton, guitarist John McLaughlin, bassists Pierre Michelot, Ron Carter and Mads Vinding, drummers Billy Higgins and Tony Williams and (on "What Is This Thing Called Love") singer Bobby McFerrin, all of whom have their moments, both historically and musically. Not essential but interesting.


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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