Ballads

Ballads

by Dexter Gordon
     
 
Along with Gene Ammons and Stanley Turrentine, Dexter Gordon was one of the top ballad players of the '60s. Having already made his name in the bebop era and as an expatriate in Europe, Gordon returned to the States to record a series of fine Blue Note discs during the first half of the decade. This

Overview

Along with Gene Ammons and Stanley Turrentine, Dexter Gordon was one of the top ballad players of the '60s. Having already made his name in the bebop era and as an expatriate in Europe, Gordon returned to the States to record a series of fine Blue Note discs during the first half of the decade. This edition of the label's Ballads series features Gordon at his peak and in the company of some of hard bop's best players. Whether melding nicely with trumpeter Donald Byrd from a Paris date in 1964 ("Darn That Dream") or locking in with the stellar rhythm section of Sonny Clark, Butch Warren, and Billy Higgins ("Don't Explain"), Gordon delivers his almost sleepy and smoke-filled solos with regal grace. The same can also be said of the rest of this incredible program, including a latter-day live cut from 1978. A perfect set for those in need of a provocative after-hours session in front of the stereo.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/1991
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0077779657926
catalogNumber:
96579
Rank:
14522

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dexter Gordon   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
George Cables   Piano
Sonny Clark   Piano
Kenny Drew   Piano
Barry Harris   Piano
Billy Higgins   Drums
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Pierre Michelot   Bass
Horace Parlan   Piano
Bud Powell   Piano
Rufus Reid   Bass
Art Taylor   Drums
George Tucker   Bass
Butch Warren   Bass
Harewood   Drums
Bob Cranshaw   Bass
Donald Byrd   Trumpet
Paul Chambers   Bass
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Rudy Van Gelder   Recorder
Eddie Gladden   Drums
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen   Bass

Technical Credits

Todd Barkan   Producer
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Alfred Lion   Producer
Bill Carey   Composer
Carl Fischer   Composer
Carol Friedman   Art Direction
Herman Leonard   Cover Photo
Society Red Productions   Producer

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