Dexter Gordon

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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. His studio and live performance career spanned over 40 years.

Gordon's height was 6 feet 6 inches (198 cm), so he was also known as "Long Tall Dexter" and "Sophisticated Giant". He played a Conn 10M Lady Face until 1964. He lost the instrument in a Paris hotel and then switched over to a Selmer Mark VI. His saxophone, seen in various photos, was fitted with an Otto Link metal mouthpiece.

In 1986, Dexter Gordon was named a member and officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters by the Ministry of Culture in France. His performance in Round Midnight (Warner Bros, 1986) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Leading Role and he won a Grammy for Best Soundtrack. On April 25, 1990, Dexter Gordon died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1945 The Real Thing Happened To Me Dexter Gordon 1
1961 Doin' Allright Dexter Gordon 2
1962 Go Dexter Gordon 6
1963 Our Man in Paris Dexter Gordon 2
1964 One Flight Up Dexter Gordon 2
1965 Gettin' Around Dexter Gordon 3
1969 The Tower of Power! Dexter Gordon 5
1975 Stable Mable Dexter Gordon 1
1976 The Apartment Dexter Gordon 1
1977 Sophisticated Giant Dexter Gordon 1
1980 Landslide Dexter Gordon 1
1982 American Classic Dexter Gordon 1
1988 Both Sides of Midnight Dexter Gordon 2
1988 The Sound of Jazz Dexter Gordon 1
1991 Ballads Dexter Gordon 1
1991 Bouncin' with Dex Dexter Gordon 1
1994 More Than You Know Dexter Gordon 1
1994 Cry Me a River Dexter Gordon 1
1995 King Neptune Dexter Gordon 1
1995 Daddy Plays the Horn Dexter Gordon 2
1996 Dexter Rides Again Dexter Gordon 1
1996 Come Rain or Come Shine Dexter Gordon 1
1996 The Shadow of Your Smile Dexter Gordon 1
1997 The Resurgence of Dexter Gordon Dexter Gordon 1
1997 More Power! Dexter Gordon 1
1997 Sophisticated Giant Dexter Gordon 1
1998 Generation Dexter Gordon 1
1998 The Art of the Ballad Dexter Gordon 1
2000 Some Other Spring: Blues and Ballads Karin Krog & Dexter Gordon 1
2005 Manhattan Symphonie Dexter Gordon 1
2005 The Chase and the Steeplechase Dexter Gordon & Wardell Gray 1
2006 A Swingin' Affair Dexter Gordon 1
2007 Ca' Purange Dexter Gordon 1
2007 Clubhouse Dexter Gordon 1
2010 The Savoy Recordings - Part 1 Stan Getz & Dexter Gordon 1
2010 The Savoy Recordings - Part 2 Stan Getz & Dexter Gordon 1
A Day In Copenhagen Dexter Gordon & Slide Hampton 1
Biting the Apple Dexter Gordon 1
Cheese Cake Dexter Gordon 1
Clubhouse Dexter Gordon 1
Dexter Blows Dexter Gordon 1
Dexter Calling... Dexter Gordon 1
For All We Know Dexter Gordon 1
Gotham City Dexter Gordon 1
Ladybird Dexter Gordon 1
Tangerine Dexter Gordon 1
The Jumpin' Blues Dexter Gordon 1
The Panther! Dexter Gordon 1
True Blue Dexter Gordon & Al Cohn 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1987 Dexter Blows Hot and Cool Compilation Dexter Gordon 1

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