191

Dexter Gordon: Gettin' Around

Paul Ryan By

Sign in to view read count
Dexter Gordon: Gettin' Around It is no secret that Dexter Gordon relocated to Europe for much of the 1960s, but he did return to the US sporadically for recording sessions. This recently reissued album, recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's legendary Englewood Cliffs studio, was cut during one of those return visits.

The musicians who join L.T.D. are some of the finest on their respective instruments: vibraphone master Bobby Hutcherson, pianist Barry Harris, bassist Bob Crenshaw and drummer Billy Higgins. Their backing is first-rate and the leader responds with an excellent effort of his own. Gordon is in his element here, telling epic stories in the span of a few minutes. The stories vary in content, spanning the gamut of the emotional spectrum. His solos are filled with fire, sorrow, humor, and of course quotes from other tunes, a device that Gordon was particularly fond of throughout his career.

The opening "Mahna de Carnaval was a popular composition with jazz musicians during this period, but Gordon manages to put his own unique stamp on it. Hutcherson builds his solo effectively, beginning with one note and gradually adding to that before producing faster passages that release the tension. Gordon slows things down considerably with "Who Can I Turn To, displaying his balladic prowess. The way he and Hutcherson complement one another is not something that can be taught.

Frank Foster's "Shiny Stockings, a tune that another big toned tenor, Booker Ervin, recorded for his 1966 Structurally Sound album, is taken at a medium tempo. Hutcherson's solo draws heavily on ideas pioneered by Milt Jackson.

The only Gordon original here is "Le Coiffeur, a samba with a relaxed, loping feel. Higgins' always tasty drumming is on full display, while Gordon, Hutcherson and Harris each respond with solos that are perfectly in synch with the mood of the composition. The closing "Flick of a Trick is a blues with an interesting saxophone introduction over a rolling piano figure. The rhythm section creates a bouncy groove that the leader seems to dig, as he preaches a soulful solo. Bassist Crenshaw also takes a solo, displaying a nice tone and ideas.

Another worthwhile Dexter Gordon session on Blue Note, with excellent sideman support.


Track Listing: Manha de Carnaval; Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me); Heartaches; Shiny Stockings; Everybody's Somebody's Fool; Le Coiffeur; Very Saxily Yours; Flick of a Trick.

Personnel: Dexter Gordon: tenor sax; Bobby Hutcherson: vibes; Barry Harris: piano; Bob Crenshaw: bass; Billy Higgins: drums.

Year Released: 1966 | Record Label: Blue Note Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read Desire & Freedom CD/LP/Track Review Desire & Freedom
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 19, 2017
Read On Hollywood Boulevard CD/LP/Track Review On Hollywood Boulevard
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Motorman's Son CD/LP/Track Review The Motorman's Son
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 18, 2017
Read "Dare to Be" CD/LP/Track Review Dare to Be
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: August 8, 2016
Read "Outlier" CD/LP/Track Review Outlier
by Roger Farbey
Published: March 1, 2016
Read "Kodama Trio" CD/LP/Track Review Kodama Trio
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 31, 2016
Read "Dare To Be" CD/LP/Track Review Dare To Be
by David A. Orthmann
Published: December 15, 2016
Read "I Walk Amongst Humans" CD/LP/Track Review I Walk Amongst Humans
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: August 3, 2016
Read "Caipi" CD/LP/Track Review Caipi
by Roger Farbey
Published: February 9, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!