Sunday, May 15, 2016

Dexter Gordon - Complete Blue Note Sixties Sessions

This is IT — the complete sessions of one of jazz's greatest tenor saxophonists for one of the world's premier jazz labels. During the flowering of bebop, Gordon was among the first sax players to translate Charlie Parker's ideas from the alto to the tenor. In the '60s, the sound had more of an edge — hence, hard bop — and Gordon was right there. Still, the man could deliver a ballad to melt the hardest of hearts. Witness his soloing on the ballad standard "Where Are You?"--warm and mellow, but with a gutsy, robust core.
As a bonus, this set features many jazz figures who either came into their own or were at the height of their powers in the '60s, as well as some neglected figures. The great pianist/composer Sonny Clark, present on much of this set, was an overlooked innovator who was later paid tribute by modern avant-icon composer/saxophonist John Zorn. Freddie Hubbard, Billy Higgins, Bobby Hutcherson and Horace Parlan accompanied Gordon on some of the best straight-ahead jazz albums of the period, and are included here as well. Inventive, imaginative, solid, swinging, this is the perfect gift from/to a tenor sax lover.


Dexter Gordon
The Complete
Blue Note
Sixties Sessions


Cd. 1

1 I Was Doing All Right (Gershwin, Gershwin)  9:16
2 I Want More (Gordon)  6:09
3 You've Changed (Carey, Fischer)  7:26
4 Society Red (Gordon)  12:20
5 For Regulars Only (Gordon)  6:21
6 It's You or No One (Cahn, Styne)  6:12
7 For Regulars Only (Gordon)  5:43
8 Landslide (Gordon)  5:13
9 Modal Mood (Drew)  5:20
10 Clear the Dex (Drew)  4:50
11 Boy Saxophonist [Monologue] (Gordon)   4:40


Cd. 2

1 Soul Sister (Gordon)  7:42
2 Smile (Chaplin, Parsons, Turner)  3:19
3 Ernie's Tune (Gordon)  4:13
4 I Want More (Gordon)  5:16
5 The End of a Love Affair (Redding)  6:49
6 Serenade in Blue (Gordon, Warren)  5:00
7 You Said It (Turrentine)  4:28
8 Love Locked Out (Kester, Noble)  4:45
9 Blue Gardenia (Lee, Russell)  6:40
10 Second Balcony Jump (Eckstine, Valentine)  5:58
11 Six Bits Jones (Matthews)  6:41
12 Oh, Lady Be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin)  8:04
13 On Be Bop [Monologue]  3:55


Cd. 3

1 Three O'Clock in the Morning (Robledo, Terriss)  5:40
2 Second Balcony Jump (Eckstine, Valentine)  7:03
3 Where Are You ? (Adamson, McHugh)  5:18
4 Cheese Cake (Gordon)  6:30
5 Guess I'll Hang My Tears Outto Dry (Cahn, Styne)  5:19
6 Love for Sale (Porter)  7:34
7 McSplivens (Gordon)  5:41
8 The Backbone (Warren)  6:46
9 Soy Califa (Gordon)  6:24
10 Until the Real Thing Comes Along (Cahn, Chaplin, Freeman, Holiner…)  6:46
11 You Stepped Out of a Dream (Brown, Kahn)  6:31
12 Don't Explain (Herzog, Holiday)  6:03


Cd. 4

1 Love Is Here to Stay (Gershwin, Gershwin)  5:37
2 Broadway (Bird, McRae, Wood)  6:43
3 Stairway to the Stars (Malneck, Parish, Signorelli)  6:55
4 A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli)  8:15
5 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell)  8:46
6 Scrapple from the Apple (Parker)  7:19
7 Coppin' the Heaven (Drew)  11:16
8 Tanya (Byrd)  18:16
9 It All Began [Monologue]  4:04


Cd. 5

1 King Neptune (Gordon)  11:00
2 Darn That Dream (DeLange, VanHeusen)  7:29
3 Hanky Panky (Gordon)  6:29
4 Devilette (Tucker)  7:03
5 Clubhouse (Gordon)  7:31
6 Jodi (Gordon)  5:38
7 I'm a Fool to Want You (Herron, Sinatra, Wolf)  6:41
8 Lady Iris B (Stevenson)  5:38


Cd. 6

1 Le Coiffeur (Gordon)  6:57
2 Manha de Carnaval (Bonfa, Maria)  8:21
3 Flick of a Trick (Gordon)  10:28
4 Everybody's Somebody's Fool (Adamson, Hampton)  6:43
5 Very Saxily Yours (Matthews)  6:50
6 Shiny Stockings (Foster)  6:15
7 Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) (Bricusse, Newley)  5:12
8 Heartaches (Hoffman, Klenner)  7:43
9 Dexter on Bird [Monologue] (Gordon)  4:29


Featuring Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Freddie Hubbard, Tommy Turrentine, Dave Burns, Donald Byrd, Bobby Hutcherson, Horace Parlan, Kenny Drew, Sir Charles Thompson, Sonny Clark, Bud Powell, Barry Harris, Don Patterson, Paul Weeden, George Tucker, Paul Chambers, Al Lucas, Ron Carter, Butch Warren, Pierre Michelot, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Bob Cranshaw, Al Harewood, Philly Joe Jones, Willie Bobo, Billy James, Billy Higgins, Kenny Clarke, Art Taylor, etc.

Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey between May 6, 1961 and May 29, 1965, and CBS Studios, Paris, France on May 23, 1963 and June 2, 1964

See the complete artwork


Otis Foster said...

I'm overwhelmed by this! Great way to start the week. Thanks as always, Mel.

ben said...

got an expiration notice on these...bummer. i was looking forward to this...

regardless, you have one heck of a blog. amazing catalog of music.

Philo said...

A definitive collection & a wonderful post!

Thanks for organizing things so that folks can access specific albums. I had 5 of the 6 already in my collection from remastered CDs. I was delighted to be able to check out the one I was missing.

grumpy said...

Many Thanks Mel. I've got all the original vinyl LPs and most also on CD but it's great to have everything in one place on the hard disc and the booklet of course.

Descargador said...

Muchas Gracias Mel!
Si te interesa, puedo subir la edición que tengo de Herbie Hancock en Blue Note.
Excelente post!

brian said...

Huge post! Thanks! Specially scans!

Zape said...

Absolutely fantastic post. Thank you very much Mel.

PlantDoctor53 said...

Thank you Mel - another wonderful post in your long long line of wonderful posts!

blbs said...

We have all them separately, but... How not to coveted in other presentations? I insist: many news of jazz still coming from the previous century...
Thank you Mel!

stringbender said...

Thanks so much for the mother of all Dexter posts! The music is classic and its great to also have the book.

Kneigh said...

Many thanx, Mel!!! All the hard work is very appreciated, especially all the time spent scanning the artwork!!

Again, many thanx for this and all the great music you post!! Kneigh

sudzy said...

Great set indeed. Even after all these years, I still don't have all these in lossless format. Thanks again for your efforts.

kike said...

Thanks for sharing this complete sessions of DG. Merci.

dS said...

Wow! Thanks is too small a word.
there's some wonderful music here.

jessouaffe said...

Hudge thanks for your hudge labour of love...

GuitarGus said...

Many Thanks Mel

An excellent post - And some great music

The Jackal said...

Merci Mel, what a legacy !

FrankDell said...

I can't thank you enough for all this prime Dexter.

chayjazz said...

...thanx so very much for this one...

jerry g said...

downloading now, thanks

Orbyt said...

I have all of the Blue Note releases, but, being Dexter... Many thanks Mel. Great post.

ABE said...

Thank you very much

salience said...

what a collection!

palomeky said...

Fenomenal post Mel. Muchas gracias.

duck said...

Mel, there's no end to your generosity, this is appreciated, thanks again

Bill said...

Whew!! GREAT post!! Many thanks for this and sharing all this and more.

neil said...

Got the CDs, but looking forward to the booklet. Many thanks, mel...

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much Mel. I appreciate getting these DG sides.

rubberduck said...

Dexter Gordon Complete Blue note.

I have some of this, but now thanks to you, the collection is complete.

so, as usually, many thanks MEL !

Baron said...

Thanks indeed Mel ... mammoth listening task ahead ... Baron

L.O.L. said...

Amazing HQ post. :D

Thanks again, Mel.

jamin_jamal said...

Thank you again! Your blog is incredible and awe inspiring. Keep keeping the music alive!

jjp said...
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jjp said...

what a wonderful posting! thank you, jjp

Jorge del Parque said...

Muchas gracias!

Melanchthon said...


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Historicus said...

What a great sunday present ... thanks a lot for this marvelous reupload!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for this gem, a real treasure of fine music, very much appreciated!

deGallo said...

Monumentally marvelous! Thank you.

Fred Archtop said...

Alors là, pour le coup...l'intégrale de Dexter chez Bue Note...Tu t'es encore transformé en père noël...Merci tout plein.

Anonymous said...

What a great find on a Monday. You spoil us, Mel. Thanks and thanks again.

Gil said...

Fantastique! Merci.

adakun said...

Magistral la calidad del sonido y el tiempo que nos dedicas. Gracias Mel

ProfessorCalculus said...

'Fantastico',Thanks Mel

Luis Lorenzo said...

Thanks as always, Mel.

Blue Eyes said...

A must have! my fav period of Dexter, many thanks for the re-up Mel!

elpeleon said...

Que mas se puede decir ?? Eres el mejor Mel, muchas gracias !

i12rok said...

Thanks for the reup-classic Dexter

sandor essedy said...

great post & great work, many thanks.