1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2014
Already read this book sometime ago for myself , Bought this copy for a friend who tells me he enjoyed the book as much as i did . A pretty comprehensive study of the man and his music, Nice to know that this volume is still in print. Would recommend to any one has more than a passing interest in Dexter Gordon and would like to learn more about the man and his life and his music.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 1999
This book explains how Dexter Gordon was born in Los Angeles. His father was one of the few black dentists in the 1920's. Dexter said he wanted to learn how to play the clarinet like his father. His father agreed as long as he took music theory lessons as well. As a teenager he switched to tenor saxophone and the rest as they say is history. He got his big break with the Lionel Hampton big band on tour. During that tour he learned a lot from Illinois Jaquette who was playing 1st tenor. Eventually he made as many recordings as Stan Getz. He moved to Europe and settled in Copehagen, Denmark. He finally came back to the "States" and acted in some movies. For example: "'Round Midnight" and "Awakenings." Dexter is in a video called "Jazz in Exile" which you can buy through The Saxophone Journal. If you have any experiences with Dexter Gordon, please e-mail me.