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Dexter Gordon - Bouncin' With Dex (1975)

9 June 2011
Music | Jazz

Dexter Gordon - Bouncin' With Dex (1975)


Dexter Gordon thrived on the attention of European jazz fans while living there during the 1960s and early '70s, while he also had a wealth of opportunities to record for labels on the continent. This 1975 session for Steeplechase, one of a dozen he made as a leader for the label in the mid-'70s, finds him in top form, accompanied by pianist Tete Montoliu, along with frequent collaborators Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass and drummer Billy Higgins. Gordon's big tone carries the brisk treatment of Charlie Parker's "Billie's Bounce," though he inserts a few humorous quotes into his solo as well. Two versions of the standard "Easy Living" are played at a loping tempo in a heartfelt manner, though the master is a tad better in its execution. The familiar bop vehicle "Four" (usually credited to Miles Davis, though this CD acknowledges Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson as its more likely composer) explodes in a furious performance. Gordon wrote the Latin-flavored "Catalonian Nights" especially for Montoliu, while the tenorist's "Benji's Bounce" is a lively, thinly disguised reworking of Thelonious Monk's "Rhythm-a-Ning" (which is itself based on the changes to "I Got Rhythm"). ~ Ken Dryden

Personnel: Dexter Gordon (soprano & tenor saxophones); Tete Montoliu (piano); Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).

Artist: Dexter Gordon
Title Of Album: Bouncin' With Dex
Year Of Release: 1975
Label: SteepleChase
Genre: Jazz, Instrumental, Bebop, Tenor Sax
Quality: mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 46:44
Total Size: 105 mb

Tracklist:

1. Billies's Bounce (Parker) 8:00
2. Easy Living (Rainger-Robin) 5:28
3. Benji's Bounce (Gordon) 7:06
4. Catalonia Nights (Gordon) 8:37
5. Four (Vinson) 9:30
6. Easy Living [Take 1] (Rainger-Robin) 7:59

Dexter Gordon - tenor sax
Tete Montoliu - piano
Niels Pedersen - bass
Billy Higgins - drums


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