February 27, 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEXTER:

Dexter Gordon's work as the first bebop tenor player can be heard in a collection of his recordings for Savoy in the late '40's released under the title Dexter Rides Again. His mature style is captured in a series of LP's he made for Blue Note in the 1960's, including Our Man in Paris and A Swinging Affair. Following a long stay in Europe, he made a triumphal return to the States in the mid '70's, captured on the albums Live at the Village Vanguard and Manhattan Symphony. And, of course, he was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Dale Turner in 'Round Midnight. For casual fans, the best way to describe Dex is that when you imagine the sound of a jazz saxophone in your head, the sound you hear is probably Dexter Gordon.


Posted by Glenn Dryfoos at February 27, 2007 10:11 AM
Comments

Call me a Philistine, but the best scene in Round Midnight isn't even musical, it's the bar scene where Dexter walks up as a guy does a shot and collapses and tells the barkeep:

I'll have one of what he's havin'....

Posted by: oj at February 27, 2007 10:26 AM

Great movie. One of my all time favs.

Also a very good soundtrack, on which Herbie Hancock is featured.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at February 27, 2007 12:27 PM

The jazz saxophone I hear is Charlie Parker, but thanks for sharing this lad...

Posted by: darryl at February 27, 2007 10:59 PM
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