The Complete Prestige Recordings

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2004
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218444224
  • Catalog Number: 4442
  • Sales rank: 386,722

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Move (9:47)
  2. 2 Home Run (5:07)
  3. 3 Dolo (6:16)
  4. 4 Lovely Lisa (7:23)
  5. 5 Affair in Havana (7:41)
  6. 6 Jodi (6:39)
  7. 7 Field Day (6:46)
  8. 8 Setting the Pace (19:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dexter's Deck (22:47)
  2. 2 Montmartre (10:59)
  3. 3 Lady Bird (10:43)
  4. 4 Sticky Wicket (7:06)
  5. 5 Montmartre (10:46)
  6. 6 Lady Bird (12:31)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Sticky Wicket (9:42)
  2. 2 Those Were the Days (8:05)
  3. 3 Stanley the Steamer (8:04)
  4. 4 The Rainbow People (8:50)
  5. 5 Boston Bernie (7:39)
  6. 6 Meditation (Meditação) (8:30)
  7. 7 Fried Bananas (6:08)
  8. 8 Dinner for One Please, James (6:08)
  9. 9 Stanley the Steamer (7:16)
  10. 10 The Rainbow People (7:14)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Boston Bernie (8:32)
  2. 2 Fried Bananas (6:23)
  3. 3 Broadway (17:25)
  4. 4 Boston Bernie (17:50)
  5. 5 In a Sentimental Mood (8:49)
  6. 6 Blues Up and Down (19:52)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Rhythm-A-Ning (24:12)
  2. 2 Misty (10:11)
  3. 3 Love for Sale (21:59)
  4. 4 Fried Bananas (8:14)
  5. 5 Sophisticated Lady (7:54)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Rhythm-A-Ning (8:45)
  2. 2 Body and Soul (10:16)
  3. 3 Blue Monk (10:52)
  4. 4 The Panther (9:31)
  5. 5 The Panther (6:29)
  6. 6 Body and Soul (11:01)
  7. 7 Valse Robin (5:56)
  8. 8 Mrs. Miniver (7:35)
  9. 9 The Christmas Song (5:19)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Blues Walk (7:22)
  2. 2 Valse Robin (5:53)
  3. 3 Mrs. Miniver (7:08)
  4. 4 Blues Walk (6:19)
  5. 5 Polka Dots and Moonbeams (10:06)
  6. 6 Wee Dot (17:15)
  7. 7 The Happy Blues (5:31)
  8. 8 Lonesome Lover Blues (12:41)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Medley: Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be)/I Can't Get Started/My ... (14:02)
  2. 2 The Chase (10:29)
  3. 3 Lonesome Lover Blues (13:29)
  4. 4 Evergreenish (6:04)
  5. 5 Rhythm-A-Ning (6:36)
  6. 6 For Sentimental Reasons (I Love You) (6:52)
  7. 7 If You Could See Me Now (5:22)
  8. 8 Star Eyes (6:51)
  9. 9 The Jumpin' Blues (5:46)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Evergreenish (6:15)
  2. 2 Rhythm-A-Ning (5:59)
  3. 3 For Sentimental Reasons (I Love You) (4:50)
  4. 4 Star Eyes (6:15)
  5. 5 The Jumpin' Blues (5:45)
  6. 6 Milestones (9:06)
  7. 7 Scared to Be Alone (7:47)
  8. 8 The Group (6:29)
  9. 9 Days of Wine and Roses (8:45)
  10. 10 We See (11:26)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Milestones (7:14)
  2. 2 Scared to Be Alone (7:11)
  3. 3 The Group (6:37)
  4. 4 Ca'purange (Jungle Soul) (9:53)
  5. 5 Tangerine (9:01)
  6. 6 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (5:56)
  7. 7 What It Was (8:14)
  8. 8 Airegin (5:08)
  9. 9 Oh! Karen O (12:12)
  10. 10 Airegin (5:32)
Disc 11
  1. 1 August Blues (9:54)
  2. 2 Gingerbread Boy (12:50)
  3. 3 Blues À la Suisse (10:31)
  4. 4 Some Other Spring (6:07)
  5. 5 Secret Love (14:33)
  6. 6 Tivoli (8:10)
  7. 7 'Treux Bleu (17:08)
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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
Kirk Felton Remastering
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Paul Goodman Engineer
Johnny Green Composer
Wally Heider Engineer
Arthur Herzog Jr. 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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