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Bob Gordon was an American cool jazz baritone saxophonist born in St. Louis, Missouri, best known as a sideman for musicians like Stan Kenton, Shelly Manne, Chet Baker, Maynard Ferguson, Herbie Harper and Jack Montrose. He released one album as a bandleader. Gordon died in a car accident on his way to playing at a Pete Rugolo concert in San Diego. His friend saxophonist Jack Montrose wrote, "The union of Bob Gordon and the baritone saxophone must have been decreed in Heaven, for never have I viewed such rapport between the natural tendencies of a musical instrument and the mind of the man using it

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Bob Gordon + Jack Montrose

Bob Gordon + Jack Montrose

Bob Gordon was a fabulous West Coast baritone saxophonist whose brilliant jazz career was cut short at age 24 in a car accident. On August 28, 1955, Gordon and trumpeter Earl McCrea were driving to San Diego to play in a Pete Rugolo concert. Gordon's car was proceeding north on St. Andrew Place in Los Angeles ...

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Zoot Sims: Compatibility

Read "Compatibility" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


Nella variegata carriera di Zoot Sims, questo CD da tempo introvabile occupa uno spazio artisticamente non trascurabile anche se misconosciuto. Ha fatto bene la Delmark a ristampare, con tutte le sue alternative takes, questa seduta di registrazione del 1955,che lo vede impegnato al fianco del trombettista Hal Daniels. Quest'ultimo compone ed arrangia la ...

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Dave Pell: Four Classic Albums

Read "Dave Pell: Four Classic Albums" reviewed by David Rickert


If you were to wander up and down the West Coast in the fifties you were more likely to find Dave Pell playing dances on college campuses than in clubs. Despite filling his octet with seasoned musicians who could really cut loose when given the chance, Pell's studio recordings always have a hint of ...

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Quintet/Sextet with Herbie Harper and Jack Montrose Complete Recordings

Label: Lone Hill Jazz
Released: 2007
Track listing: CD1: Jeepers Deepers; Five Brothers; Herbstone; Summertime; Jive at Five; Babette; More Blues; Sonny Boy; Slow Mood; Slow; Just George; A Little Duet; April's Fool; Dot's Groovy; I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town; Cecilia; The News and the Weather; When You Wish Upon A Star; Have You Met Miss Jones? CD2: Paradox; Meet Mr. Gordon; Tea For Two; Modus Operandi; Onion Bottom; What A Difference A Day Makes; For Sue; Love Is Here To Stay; Two Can Play; Listen, Hear; Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered; Credo; Pretty; Some Good Fun Blues; Fools Rush In; Speakeasy; That Old Feeling; Two Can Play A.T.

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Bob Gordon: Quintet/Sextet with Herbie Harper and Jack Montrose Complete Recordings

Read "Quintet/Sextet with Herbie Harper and Jack Montrose Complete Recordings" reviewed by David Rickert


Bob Gordon was a major player on the West Coast scene of the fifties and was on a path to become one of the greatest baritone sax players jazz had ever produced. Unfortunately, he died in an automobile accident in 1955, just as the cool jazz scene was beginning to gather some steam. Before ...


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