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Art of the Ballad
     

The Art of the Ballad

by Dexter Gordon
 
Part of Fantasy's The Art of the Ballad repackaging series, the Dexter Gordon volume has a limited window of opportunity, a period when the massive man was living in Europe and had only a fleeting presence in America at most. Nevertheless, he was still in fine, majestic form in those years, from which this CD takes nine samplings. Though the material mostly

Overview

Part of Fantasy's The Art of the Ballad repackaging series, the Dexter Gordon volume has a limited window of opportunity, a period when the massive man was living in Europe and had only a fleeting presence in America at most. Nevertheless, he was still in fine, majestic form in those years, from which this CD takes nine samplings. Though the material mostly consists of standard ballads with acoustic hard bop combos, Gordon was not completely oblivious to the times, and those moments frankly are the high points of the disc. He takes on two folk tunes turned Top 40 hits, "Those Were the Days" and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," turning in deeply felt, soulful performances with both, and "Some Other Spring," live from Montreux, has lovely electric piano and electric bass backing. Nearly half of these tracks, including the latter two mentioned above, have not been previously reissued on CD, so Gordon fans who have junked their turntables may want to have this around until the entire catalog reappears.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/1998
Label:
Prestige
UPC:
0025218310925
catalogNumber:
11009

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Performance Credits

Dexter Gordon   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Roy Brooks   Drums
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Barry Harris   Piano
Louis Hayes   Drums
Billy Higgins   Drums
Hank Jones   Piano
Sam Jones   Bass
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Cedar Walton   Piano
Oliver Jackson   Drums
Bob Cranshaw   Electric Bass
Larry Ridley   Bass
Alan Dawson   Drums
Stanley Clarke   Bass
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Hampton Hawes   Piano,Electric Piano
Albert "Tootie" Heath   Drums
Junior Mance   Piano
Martin Rivera   Bass
Buster Williams   Bass

Technical Credits

Roy Brooks   Contributor
Tommy Flanagan   Contributor
Barry Harris   Contributor
Louis Hayes   Contributor
Billy Higgins   Contributor
Hank Jones   Contributor
Sam Jones   Contributor
Thad Jones   Contributor
Wynton Kelly   Contributor
Cedar Walton   Contributor
Oliver Jackson   Contributor
Bob Cranshaw   Contributor
Larry Ridley   Contributor
Alan Dawson   Contributor
William Best   Composer
Ozzie Cadena   Producer
Stanley Clarke   Contributor
Kenny Clarke   Contributor
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Joel Dorn   Producer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Hampton Hawes   Contributor
Albert "Tootie" Heath   Contributor
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer
Junior Mance   Contributor
Don Raye   Composer
Martin Rivera   Contributor
Don Schlitten   Producer
Deek Watson   Composer
Buster Williams   Contributor
Neil Tesser   Liner Notes
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Newton Mendonça   Composer
Irene Kitchings   Composer

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