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Swiss Nights, Vol. 1

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Album Review

The first of three volumes taken from the 1975 Zurich Jazz Festival features tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon (with his reliable sidemen pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Niels Pedersen and drummer Alex Riel) stretching out on "Tenor Madness," "Wave," "You've Changed" and "Days of Wine and Roses." All of the performances are at least ten minutes long and there are some rambling moments, but in general, the music is quite rewarding. This was one of Dexter Gordon's prime periods.

Customer Reviews

I'm still waiting...

for the rambling moments on this album. And I've listened to it repeatedly. I can't stop listening to this album. First, it's surprisingly crisp. Sometimes with these off-label recordings, the sound can resemble a beginning oboe player. This album gets launched with "Tenor Madness" and it sets the tone for the rest of this album. I totally disagree that it rambles. It seems to always be in motion. This date seems to have been the best of the other two (Vol. 2 and 3, which are also sold on iTunes) "Wave" is beautiful, with a superb Dex solo. "Days of Wine and Roses" is another great track. This is now my favorite Dex album. Live is always the best way to listen to jazz. Support your local jazz artists today!!

My kind of rambling...

I agree with the review by Joe, I couldn't find any rambling, and I've listened to this over and over, both back in the 70's on LP, and now when I just found it again. Anything with Dexter and Niels can be depended on to have places to go and a lot of beauty to hear on the way!


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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