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. 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.

A photograph by Herman Leonard of Gordon taking a smoke break at the Royal Roost in 1948 is one of the iconic images in jazz photography. Cigarettes were a recurring theme on covers of Gordon's albums.

Gordon was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in the Bertrand Tavernier film Round Midnight (Warner Bros, 1986), and he won a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist, for the soundtrack album The Other Side of Round Midnight (Blue Note Records, 1986).

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1945 The Real Thing Happened To Me Dexter Gordon 1
1961 Dexter Calling... Dexter Gordon 2
1961 Doin' Allright Dexter Gordon 4
1962 Go Dexter Gordon 6
1963 Our Man in Paris Dexter Gordon 3
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 Long Tall Dexter (Long Tall Dexter) Dexter Gordon 1
1976 The Apartment Dexter Gordon 1
1977 Sophisticated Giant Dexter Gordon 2
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
1992 Jazz West Coast Live / Hollywood Jazz Vol.1 Dexter Gordon & Wardell Gray 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
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
2004 Misty 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 2
2007 Ca' Purange Dexter Gordon 1
2007 Clubhouse Dexter Gordon 2
A Day In Copenhagen Dexter Gordon & Slide Hampton 1
Biting the Apple Dexter Gordon 1
Cheese Cake Dexter Gordon 1
Dexter Blows 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 RatingReleases
1987 Dexter Blows Hot and Cool Dexter Gordon 1
1988 The Best of Dexter Gordon Dexter Gordon 1
1995 Autumn in New York Dexter Gordon 1
1995 The Complete Dial Sessions, 1947 Dexter Gordon 1
1996 The Complete Blue Note Sixties Sessions Dexter Gordon 1
1997 Dexter Gordon Dexter Gordon 1
1998 Jazz Profile Dexter Gordon 1
1998 The Chronological Classics: Dexter Gordon 1943-1947 Dexter Gordon 1
1999 The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes Dexter Gordon 1
2000 In A Soulful Mood Dexter Gordon 1
2001 Settin' the Pace Dexter Gordon 1
2003 Lullaby of Birdland Dexter Gordon 1
2003 The Classic Blue Note Recordings Dexter Gordon 1
2003 The Chronological Classics: Dexter Gordon 1947-1952 Dexter Gordon 1
2004 The Complete Prestige Recordings Dexter Gordon 1
2005 Mosaic Select Dexter Gordon 1
2005 Dexter Digs In: The Young Dexter Gordon Dexter Gordon 1
2010 Blue Note TSF Dexter Gordon 1
2012 The Complete Columbia Albums Collection Dexter Gordon 1
Dexterity Dexter Gordon 4 1
Settin' the Pace Dexter Gordon 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Blues Walk! The Montmartre Collection Vol. II Dexter Gordon 1
1974 The Meeting Jackie McLean & Dexter Gordon 2
1974 The Source Jackie McLean & Dexter Gordon 2
1977 Homecoming: Live at the Village Vanguard Dexter Gordon 2
1981 The Montmartre Collection Vol. 1 Dexter Gordon 1
1987 Dexter Gordon at Montreaux (with Junior Mance) Dexter Gordon, Junior Mance, Martín Rivera & Oliver Jackson 2
1994 Swiss Nights, Volume 1 Dexter Gordon 1
1994 Swiss Nights, Volume 2 Dexter Gordon 1
1994 Swiss Nights, Volume 3 Dexter Gordon 1
1995 Montmartre Summit 1973 Jackie McLean & Dexter Gordon 1
1996 The Chase Gene Ammons & Dexter Gordon 1
2000 Take the 'A' Train Dexter Gordon 1
Bopland Dexter Gordon 1
Heartache: Live Montmatre Jazzhouse 1965 Dexter Gordon 1
Live at Carnegie Hall Dexter Gordon 1
Parliament Jazz: Lionel Hampton With Dexter Gordon Dexter Gordon 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Music for Lovers Dexter Gordon 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 The Other Side of Round Midnight Dexter Gordon 1
2002 'Round Midnight - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Dexter Gordon 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Blue Dex: Dexter Gordon Plays The Blues Dexter Gordon 1
Dexter Gordon Plays - The Bethlehem Years Dexter Gordon 1
Gone With the Wind Dexter Gordon 1
The Tower of Power / More Power Dexter Gordon 1
True Blue Dexter Gordon 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Just Jazz: Quartet Dexter Gordon 1

Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Body and Soul Dexter Gordon 2
1997 The Squirrel Dexter Gordon 1
L.T.D.: Live at the Left Bank Dexter Gordon 1
Nights at the Keystone, Volume 1 Dexter Gordon 1
Nights at the Keystone, Volume 2 Dexter Gordon 1
Nights at the Keystone, Volume 3 Dexter Gordon 1

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