on 18 February 2011
1 My Blues 9:07
2 You Don't Know What Love Is 5:59
3 A New Thing 5:03
4 What's New 8:00
5 The Shadow Of Your Smile 4:58
6 A Day In Vienna 7:49
Dexter Gordon: Tenor Sax
Slide Hampton: Trombone
Featuring Kenny Drew, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen,
Dizzy Reece & Art Taylor
Original album, 1969
on 3 January 2010
Dexter Gordon is one of those jazz giants I have only started looking (listening) into...
They say he was influential on Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane and other seminal tenorists (see Nat Hentoff's lovely liner notes), but Dexter, judging from this album, can hold his own in any company. This album is BEAUTIFUL; mostly anchored in hard-bop, but diverse, with blues, ballads and lot of drive. The band is excellent, no small thanks to Slide Hampton
who played some mean trombone, arranged the stuff and wrote some of the songs.
But, in addition to originals, there are some trully magnificent readings of jazz standards - I can't say which is better: uptempo version of "You don't know what love is" or quartet version of "Shadow of your smile"...
This music, recorded in 1969 is timeless in the best sense of the word, accesible to jazz fanatics and general audinces (IMHO).
The great tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon(1923-1990) & trombonist/arranger Slide Hampton(b.1932) co-led this excellent sextet session in Copenhagen on March 10, 1969.
With Gordon & Hampton were the underrated Jamaican-born(1931) trumpeter Dizzy Reece and a supportive rhythm section of Kenny Drew(piano); Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen(bass) & Art Taylor(drums).
The six memorable tracks feature three standards and three originals by Slide Hampton who wrote all the arrangements except for a quartet version of 'The Shadow of Your Smile' which produces a superb tenor performance from Dexter.
The overlooked 'A Day In Copenhagen' contains some enjoyable, hard-driving modern jazz and deserves a place in any modern jazz collection.