The Art of the Ballad

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/1998
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218310925
  • Catalog Number: 11009

Album Credits

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 Jr. 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
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Newton Mendonça Composer
Irene Kitchings Composer
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