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James Moody. He was one of the initial sax players for the Onzy Matthews big band inalong with Curtis Amy. Gordon continued to champion Matthews' band after he left Los Angeles for New York, but left for Europe before getting a chance to record with that band. He recorded The Resurgence of Dexter Gordon in His recordings from the mids onward document a meander into a smooth West Coast style that lacked the impact of his bebop era recordings or his subsequent Blue Note recordings.
The decade saw Gordon's first entry into the world of drama. He appeared in an uncredited and overdubbed role as a member of a prison band in the movie Unchainedfilmed inside Chino. Gordon signed to Blue Note Records in He initially commuted from Los Angeles to New York to record, but took up residence when he regained the cabaret card that allowed him to perform where alcohol was served. The Jazz Gallery hosted his first New York performance in twelve years. The Blue Note association was to produce a steady flow of albums for several The Chase - Various - Be-Bop Masters (CD), some of which gained iconic status.
Of the two Go! The stay in New York turned out to be short lived, as Gordon got offers for engagements in England, then Europe, that resulted in a fourteen-year stay. Soon after recording A Swingin' Affairhe was gone. Gordon also visited the US occasionally for further recording dates. Gettin' Around was recorded for Blue Note during a visit in Mayas was the album Clubhouse which The Chase - Various - Be-Bop Masters (CD) unreleased until Gordon found Europe in the s a much easier place to live, saying that he experienced less racism and greater respect for jazz The Chase - Various - Be-Bop Masters (CD).
He also stated that on his visits to the US in the late s and early s, he found the political and social strife disturbing. He switched from Blue Note to Prestige Records —73 but stayed very much in the hard-bop idiom, making classic bop albums like The Tower of Power! Some of the Prestige albums were recorded during visits back to North America while he was still living in Europe; others were made in Europe, including live sets from the Montreux Jazz Festival.
In addition to the recordings Gordon did under his major label contracts, live recordings by European labels and live video from his European period are available. The Danish label SteepleChase released live dates from his mids tenure at the Montmartre Jazzhus. The video was released under The Chase - Various - Be-Bop Masters (CD) Jazz Icons series. Gordon finally returned to the United States for good in He noted: "There was so much love and elation; sometimes it was a little eerie at the Vanguard.
After the last set they'd turn on the lights and nobody would move. He recorded the studio albums Sophisticated Giant with an eleven piece big band in and Manhattan Symphonie with the Live at Keystone Corner crew in The sensation of Gordon's return, renewed promotion of the classic jazz catalogs of the Savoy and Blue Note record labels, and the continued efforts of Art Blakey through s and early s, have been credited with reviving interest in swinging, melodic, acoustically-based classic jazz sounds after the Fusion jazz era that saw an emphasis on electronic sounds and contemporary pop influences.
During the s, Gordon was weakened by emphysema. He remained a popular attraction at concerts and festivals, although his live appearances and recording dates would soon become infrequent. Gordon's most memorable works from the decade were not in music but in film. That portrayal earned him a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
In addition, he had a non-speaking role in the film AwakeningsThe Chase - Various - Be-Bop Masters (CD), which was posthumously released. Before that last film was released he made a guest appearance on the Michael Mann series Crime Story.
The latter was the last recording released under Gordon's name. He was a sideman on Tony Bennett 's album, Berlin. Gordon died of kidney failure and cancer of the larynx in Philadelphiaon April 25,at the age of Gordon's maternal grandfather was Captain Edward L. Gordon's father, Dr. Frank Gordon, M. When he lived in Denmark, Gordon became friends with the family of the future Metallica drummer Lars Ulrichand subsequently became Lars's godfather.
In a interview with the British journalist Les Tomkins, he did not refer to the specific model of mouthpiece but stated that it was made for him personally.
He stated that it was stolen around In a Down Beat magazine interview fromhe referred to his current mouthpiece as an Otto Link with a 8. With Les Thompson. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from The Duel Dexter Gordon album. American jazz tenor saxophonist. Archived from the original on
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