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Swiss Nights, Vol. 2

Dexter Gordon

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Album Review

The second of three CDs taken from Gordon's appearances at the 1975 Montreux Jazz Festival showcases the veteran tenor in peak form. With strong support from the talented rhythm section (pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and drummer Alex Riel), Dexter is particularly exciting on a nearly 15-minute version of "There Is No Greater Love," "Wave" and Thelonious Monk's "Rhythm-A-Ning"; the latter two songs were issued for the initial time on this six-song CD reissue. Dexter Gordon is heard throughout at his best.

Customer Reviews

Great Hard-Bop Album

This is my all time favorite Dexter album...it just swings so hard. I originally found the album in a 1.99 bin at my local retail-chain-store and figured I'd give it a shot. It turned out to be the best purchase ever. I'm so happy it is on iTunes and that they also put up Vol. 1 (which I'm about to purchase). Honestly, this is Dexter at his peak, with a great rhythm section to back him up. I figured this was out of print! Thanks iTunes for pulling this album out of obscurity.

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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