Tag Archives: Dexter Gordon

DEXTER GORDON-ONE FLIGHT UP

Dexter Gordon-One Flight Up. Label: Blue Note Records. Format: LP. Not long after Dexter Gordon recorded A Swinging Affair on August the ’29th’ 1962, the thirty-nine year old jazz saxophonist decided to leave New York where he had been living, and moved to Europe. He settled first in the Danish capital Copenhagen, but by May …

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CULT CLASSIC: DEXTER GORDON-A SWINGIN’ AFFAIR.

Cult Classic: Dexter Gordon-A Swingin’ Affair. Tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon was only seventeen  when he joined  Lionel Hampton’s band in 1940, and for the next three years, played alongside Illinois Jacquet and Marshal Royal. However, by 1944 he was a member of the Fletcher Henderson band before featuring in Louis Armstrong and Billy Eckstine’s bands. …

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SPIRITUAL JAZZ VOLUME 11: STEEPLECHASE.

Spiritual Jazz Volume 11: SteepleChase. Label: Jazzman.  In 1959, Anders Dyrup founded Jazzhus Montmartre, which was situated in Dahlerupsgade, in the Danish capital Copenhagen. On the opening night, American  clarinetist George Lewis had been booked to play and performed there for a fortnight. He was the first of many great jazz musicians who played at …

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DEXTER GORDON-A SWINGIN’ AFFAIR.

Dexter Gordon-A Swingin’ Affair. Label: Blue Note Records. Tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon was only seventeen  when he joined  Lionel Hampton’s band in 1940, and for the next three years, played alongside Illinois Jacquet and Marshal Royal. However, by 1944 he was a member of the Fletcher Henderson band before featuring in Louis Armstrong and Billy …

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CULT CLASSIC: HADLEY CALIMAN-HADLEY CALIMAN.

Cult Classic: Hadley Caliman- Hadley Caliman. Although Hadley Caliman had worked as a sideman for Dexter Gordon and Art Farmer, he didn’t release his eponymous debut album until he was thirty-nine. This wasn’t down to a lack of talent. Far from it. Hadley Caliman was one of the most talented tenor saxophonists and flautists of his …

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KARIN KROG-DON’T JUST SING-AN ANTHOLOGY: 1963-1999.

KARIN KROG-DON’T JUST SING-AN ANTHOLOGY: 1963-1999. One of the most overused words in music journalism is innovative. That’s been the case throughout the last forty years. Everything from punk to hip hop and house music has been described as innovative. Go back further, and the music that Motown was making was described by many as …

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HADLEY CALIMAN-HADLEY CALIMAN.

HADLEY CALIMAN-HADLEY CALIMAN. Although Hadley Caliman had worked as a sideman for Dexter Gordon and Art Farmer, he didn’t release his eponymous debut album until he was thirty-nine. This wasn’t down to a lack of talent. Far from it. Hadley Caliman was one of the most talented tenor saxophonists and flautists of his generation. Instead, it …

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CHICO HAMILTON WITH PAUL HORN-CHICO HAMILTON WITH PAUL HORN.

CHICO HAMILTON WITH PAUL HORN-CHICO HAMILTON WITH PAUL HORN. From an early age, Chico Hamilton looked destined to become a jazz drummer. Born in Los Angeles in September 1921, Chico was already a talented drummer by the time he reached high school. Away from school, he was playing alongside some of the greatest jazz musicians …

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CARL PERKINS-INTRODUCING.

CARL PERKINS-INTRODUCING. The story of jazz pianist Carl Perkins is one of what might have been. Despite being born with polio, Carl Perkins through sheer courage and determination, forged a career as a jazz pianist. Although best known for his work with the Curtist Counce Quintet, Carl played on recordings by Illinois Jacquet, Dexter Gordon, …

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DEXTER GORDON-BLOWS HOT AND COOL.

DEXTER GORDON-BLOWS HOT AND COOL. Dexter Gordon it seems, was destined to be a jazz musician. Jazz music surrounded him. Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton were friends of his father, a Los Angeles doctor. Aged seven Dexter started playing the clarinet, but later, switched to the saxophone. After a dalliance with the alto saxophone, Dexter …

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