Dexter Gordon
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1923-02-27
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Dexter Gordon

Dexter Gordon Biography (BBC)

Born and brought up in Los Angeles, Gordon was the first musician to develop a convincing individual bebop style of modern jazz on the tenor saxophone. He combined the facility and invention of Charlie Parker with many of the traditions of swing tenor-playing, notably the lightness of Lester Young and the bluesiness of the Texas school, but in due course developed this into a hard-toned original style of his own.

He was a key influence on both Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. After playing with many musicians in the Central Avenue area of his home town, including Charles Mingus, he left to join Lionel Hampton at the age of 17, and after three years with that band, went on to work with Louis Armstrong and Billy Eckstine.

By now hooked on modern jazz, he spent 1944-6 in New York, and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie and Bud Powell. Gordon had made his reputation in the West for winning 'battles' against other tenorists, in an ever more complex stream of improvisation, and after staging such events with Hampton's band, he was featured in many other such duels - notably with fellow tenorist Wardell Gray.

Drug addiction interrupted his career in the 1950s but in the 60s he went on to make an impressive series of discs for Blue Note, and relocated to Europe, where for 15 years he was one of the key US expatriates to influence the local scene. He moved back to New York in 1976, touring and recording with vigour, but continuing to be popular in Europe, where he starred in the film Round Midnight in 1986.

Dexter Gordon Biography (Wikipedia)

Dexter Gordon (February 27, 1923 – April 25, 1990) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He was among the earliest tenor players to adapt the bebop musical language of people such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bud Powell to the instrument. Gordon's height was 6 feet 6 inches (198 cm), so he was also known as "Long Tall Dexter" and "Sophisticated Giant". His studio and live performance career spanned over 40 years.

Gordon's sound was commonly characterized as being "large" and spacious and he had a tendency to play behind the beat. He was famous for humorously inserting musical quotes into his solos. One of his major influences was Lester Young. Gordon, in turn, was an early influence on John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. Rollins and Coltrane then influenced Gordon's playing as he explored hard bop and modal playing during the 1960s.

Gordon was known for his genial and humorous stage presence. He was an advocate of playing to communicate with the audience. One of his idiosyncratic rituals was to recite lyrics from each ballad before playing it.

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Body And Soul
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Body And Soul
Dexter Gordon & Dexter Gordon Quartet
Dexter's Minor Mad
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Dexter's Minor Mad
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Cry Me a River
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Cry Me a River
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Cheese Cake
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Cheese Cake
Lionel Hampton & Lionel Hampton
Flying Home
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Flying Home
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Three O'Clock In The Morning
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Three O'Clock In The Morning
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Daddy Plays the Horn
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Daddy Plays the Horn
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Stanley the Steamer
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Stanley the Steamer
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Affair in Havana
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Affair in Havana
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Silver Plated
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Silver Plated
Barry Harris, Freddie Hubbard, Dexter Gordon, Dexter Gordon, Bob Cranshaw & Billy Higgins
I'm A Fool To Want You
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I'm A Fool To Want You
Philip Catherine, Martin Wind & Dexter Gordon
Fried Bananas
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Fried Bananas
Dexter Gordon, ts; Sonny Clark, p; Butch Warren, b; Billy Higgins, d. 29 August 1962 & Dexter Gordon
Soy Califa
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Soy Califa

Soy Califa

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Dexter Gordon, ts; Sonny Clark, p; Butch Warren, b; Billy Higgins, d. 29 August 1962 & Dexter Gordon
Leonard Hawkins, t; Dexter Gordon, ts; Bud Powell, p; Curley Russell, b; Max Roach, d. 29 January 1946 & Dexter Gordon
I Can’t Escape from You
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I Can’t Escape from You

I Can’t Escape from You

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Leonard Hawkins, t; Dexter Gordon, ts; Bud Powell, p; Curley Russell, b; Max Roach, d. 29 January 1946 & Dexter Gordon
Leonard Hawkins, t; Dexter Gordon, ts; Bud Powell, p; Curley Russell, b; Max Roach, d. 29 January 1946 & Dexter Gordon
Long Tall Dexter
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Long Tall Dexter

Long Tall Dexter

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Leonard Hawkins, t; Dexter Gordon, ts; Bud Powell, p; Curley Russell, b; Max Roach, d. 29 January 1946 & Dexter Gordon
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Fried Bananas
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Fried Bananas
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Round Midnight
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Round Midnight
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I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
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I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
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I Was Doing Alright
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I Was Doing Alright
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Hanky Panky
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Hanky Panky
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As Time Goes By
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As Time Goes By
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Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas
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Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas
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The Christmas Song
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The Christmas Song
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Three O'Clock in the Morning
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Three O'Clock in the Morning
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