Complete Prestige Recordings

Complete Prestige Recordings

by Dexter Gordon

While it's unquestionably true that saxophonist Dexter Gordon is best known for his Blue Note sides made between 1960 and 1965, it is on his Prestige recordings, the vast majority of which were taped between 1969 and 1973, where the full depth and breadth of his gift and contribution are documented. What's more, this box finally sets the historical and chronological…  See more details below


While it's unquestionably true that saxophonist Dexter Gordon is best known for his Blue Note sides made between 1960 and 1965, it is on his Prestige recordings, the vast majority of which were taped between 1969 and 1973, where the full depth and breadth of his gift and contribution are documented. What's more, this box finally sets the historical and chronological record straight as many of Gordon's records were assembled from various sessions. The Complete Prestige Recordings consists of 11 CDs, charting Gordon's rise as a soloist in 1950 as part of the With Wardell Gray memorial album, and his reemergence after a period of drug addiction and imprisonment in 1960 with the album Resurgence. The story drops again as Gordon went on to record his seminal Blue Note sessions and picks up again with Booker Ervin, Jaki Byard, Reggie Workman and Alan Dawson on the electrifying Setting the Pace five years later. Gordon moved to Europe following this date for an extended sojourn there, and isn't heard from again until 1969's Tower of Power and More Power, two albums' worth of material recorded while visiting New York, with Barry Harris, Albert "Tootie" Heath, James Moody and Buster Williams. From these sessions, there are six previously unissued takes of the material in addition to the albums themselves. From 1969 until '73 Gordon's is featured in all sorts of settings, from quartets with Junior Mance, Martin Rivera and Oliver Jackson, as well as with Larry Ridley, Tommy Flanagan and Alan Dawson, to a quintet co-led with Gene Ammons that starred a young Steve McCall on drums! There is also the fine Jumpin' Blues session with Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones and Roy Brooks, as well as a gorgeous quintet with Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Billy Higgins and Buster Williams that was issued first as Tangerine and then as Generation. The Montreux performances are included here as well. From the quartets with Hampton Hawes, Kenny Clarke and Bob Cranshaw, to the steaming Gene Ammons and friends jam at Montreux with that trio, plus Ammons, Nat and Cannonball Adderley and Kenny Nash in addition to Dex. There are no less than eight unreleased performances from these various outings making for a wealth of previously unavailable Gordon in this box. What it adds up to is one of jazz music's most compelling and labyrinthine stories. One of an expatriate jazzman whose style was moving ever more expressionistically into new expansive harmonic and lyric conceptions informed by a tough, swaggering swinging application of the blues. The sound is phenomenal, the track by track documentation is a bit idiosyncratic in description but is nonetheless complete. There are also many fine and rare photographs, and the liner essay by Ted Panken is both exhaustive and authoritative. This set is long overdue and, combined with the Blue Note box, this gives for all practical and intent purposes, the definitive portrait of Gordon.

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Disc 1

  1. Move
  2. Home Run
  3. Dolo
  4. Lovely Lisa
  5. Affair in Havana
  6. Jodi
  7. Field Day
  8. Setting the Pace

Disc 2

  1. Dexter's Deck
  2. Montmartre
  3. Lady Bird
  4. Sticky Wicket
  5. Montmartre
  6. Lady Bird

Disc 3

  1. Sticky Wicket
  2. Those Were the Days
  3. Stanley the Steamer
  4. The Rainbow People
  5. Boston Bernie
  6. Meditation (Meditação)
  7. Fried Bananas
  8. Dinner for One Please, James
  9. Stanley the Steamer
  10. The Rainbow People

Disc 4

  1. Boston Bernie
  2. Fried Bananas
  3. Broadway
  4. Boston Bernie
  5. In a Sentimental Mood
  6. Blues Up and Down

Disc 5

  1. Rhythm-A-Ning
  2. Misty
  3. Love for Sale
  4. Fried Bananas
  5. Sophisticated Lady

Disc 6

  1. Rhythm-A-Ning
  2. Body and Soul
  3. Blue Monk
  4. The Panther
  5. The Panther
  6. Body and Soul
  7. Valse Robin
  8. Mrs. Miniver
  9. The Christmas Song

Disc 7

  1. Blues Walk
  2. Valse Robin
  3. Mrs. Miniver
  4. Blues Walk
  5. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  6. Wee Dot
  7. The Happy Blues
  8. Lonesome Lover Blues

Disc 8

  1. Medley: Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be)/I Can't Get Started/My ...
  2. The Chase
  3. Lonesome Lover Blues
  4. Evergreenish
  5. Rhythm-A-Ning
  6. For Sentimental Reasons (I Love You)
  7. If You Could See Me Now
  8. Star Eyes
  9. The Jumpin' Blues

Disc 9

  1. Evergreenish
  2. Rhythm-A-Ning
  3. For Sentimental Reasons (I Love You)
  4. Star Eyes
  5. The Jumpin' Blues
  6. Milestones
  7. Scared to Be Alone
  8. The Group
  9. Days of Wine and Roses
  10. We See

Disc 10

  1. Milestones
  2. Scared to Be Alone
  3. The Group
  4. Ca'purange (Jungle Soul)
  5. Tangerine
  6. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  7. What It Was
  8. Airegin
  9. Oh! Karen O
  10. Airegin

Disc 11

  1. August Blues
  2. Gingerbread Boy
  3. Blues À la Suisse
  4. Some Other Spring
  5. Secret Love
  6. Tivoli
  7. 'Treux Bleu

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dexter Gordon   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Nat Adderley   Cornet
Gene Ammons   Leader,Tenor Saxophone
Roy Brooks   Drums
Jodie Christian   Piano
Sonny Criss   Alto Saxophone
Booker Ervin   Leader,Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Wardell Gray   Leader,Tenor Saxophone
Barry Harris   Piano
Louis Hayes   Drums
Hank Jones   Piano
Sam Jones   Bass
Thad Jones   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Vi Redd   Vocals
Rufus Reid   Bass
Bobby Timmons   Piano
Cedar Walton   Piano
John Young   Piano
Dolo Coker   Piano
Oliver Jackson   Drums
Cleveland Eaton   Bass
Kenneth Nash   Conga
Bob Cranshaw   Bass,Electric Bass
Larry Ridley   Bass
Steve McCall   Drums
Alan Dawson   Drums
Martin Banks   Trumpet
Richard Boone   Trombone
Percy Brice   Drums
Jimmy Bunn   Piano
Jaki Byard   Piano
Wilbur Campbell   Drums
Stanley Clarke   Bass
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Victor Gaskin   Bass
William K. "Billy" Hadnott   Bass
Hampton Hawes   Piano,Electric Piano
Albert "Tootie" Heath   Drums
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Junior Mance   Piano
Larance Marable   Drums
Reggie Workman   Bass
Martin Rivera   Bass
Chuck Thompson   Drums
Buster Williams   Bass
Charles Green   Bass

Technical Credits

Ewan MacColl   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Cannonball Adderley   Producer
Gene Ammons   Composer
Clifford Brown   Composer
Tadd Dameron   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Billy Eckstine   Composer
Art Farmer   Composer
Erroll Garner   Composer
Dexter Gordon   Composer
Jimmy Heath   Composer
Jay McShann   Composer
Sonny Rollins   Composer
Sonny Stitt   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Dolo Coker   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Dory Previn   Composer
Denzil Best   Composer
William Best   Composer
Billy Bird   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Ozzie Cadena   Producer
Charles Coker   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Joel Dorn   Producer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Nesuhi Ertegun   Executive Producer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Paul Goodman   Engineer
Johnny Green   Composer
Wally Heider   Engineer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
J.J. Johnson   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer
George Klabin   Engineer
Teddy McRae   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Carlos Olms   Engineer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Chris Penycate   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
Gene Raskin   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Don Schlitten   Producer
Joe Segal   Producer
Carl Sigman   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Deek Watson   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Willi Schmidt   Engineer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Henri Woode   Composer
Jan Persson   Cover Photo
Leon Kelert   Engineer
Ted Panken   Liner Notes
Vernon Welsh   Engineer
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Michael Carr   Composer
Irene Kitchings   Composer

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