Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dexter Gordon - There Will Never Be Another You

This recording is from a live date at the Montmartre Jazz Club in Copenhagen in the late Sixties, with an illustrious rhythm section of ex-pats Kenny Drew and Tootie Heath, along with Danish ringer (let’s make that über-ringer/monster) Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen on bass. These sessions, from the London-based independent jazz label Black Lion, aren’t as well-known as Dexter’s releases on Blue Note or Prestige — and that’s unfortunate, because these discs feature top-notch, fleet-footed Dexter at his swaggering behind-the-beat best. (“Fleet-footed” AND “behind the beat”? - by Kelly Bucheger, Harderbop.blogspot.com

Fans of Dexter Gordon might well want to add this CD to their collection. Gordon is featured, of course, on his mellow but swinging tenor sax and is is backed by a first-rate rhythm section made up of Kenny Drew on piano, Nils Pederson on bass, and Al Heath on drums. There are five tracks on this CD,all of considerable length. Four are standards and one track (Doxy) was composed by fellow tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Gordon spent a great portion of his musical career in Europe and for for much of it Copenhagen and its club Montmarte was his home base so it is fitting that someone there was wise enough to tape this session for posterity. Unfortunately, the rather meager liner notes do not elaborate on this particular date on July 20, 1967. The notes do, however, provide a rather sketchy overview of Gordon's life and musical career in Europe and in America, information that is probably well understood already by those attracted to Gordon's rich and flowing style of playing. This CD is produced in Portugal on the Jazz Time label and is available at a reasonably low price. The audio quality is generally very good throughout the five pieces. Although on one or two tracks there is some crowd noise and brief applause, these sounds in no way detract from the overall excellent listening experience. For anyone who enjoys interpretations of standards played with some emotion and a few suggestions of 1950s bop influences, this is an album that might well appeal to you. Since purchasing it recently, I have listened to it repeatedly and enjoyed it each time, both for Gordon's masterful tenor sax as well as the solo contributions of the other three musicians in the group, especially Kenny Drew on piano, who accompanies brilliantly on all tracks. Highly recommended for all fans of the great Dexter Gordon. - by karlojazz, Amazon.com 

Artist: Dexter Gordon
Album: There Will Never Be Another You (Live at the Montmarte, Copenhagen)
Year: 1967
Label: Jazz Time (1996)
Runtime: 54:02

Tracks:
1.  Come Rain Or Come Shine (Johnny Mercer/Harold Arlen) 10:59
2.  But Not For Me (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin) 14:56
3.  Doxy (Sonny Rollins) 7:10
4.  For All We Know (Fred Coots/Sam Lewis) 8:37
5.  There Will Never Be Another You (Harry Warren/Irving Gordon) 12:19

Personnel:
Dexter Gordon (Tenor Saxophone)
Kenny Drew (Piano)
Niels-Henning Oersted-Pedersen (Double Bass)
Al Heath (Drums)

2 comments:

  1. Thanks! Don't have this one. He did some great work with Kenny Drew ---and Tete Montoliu.

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