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  • Audio CD (15 July 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000005HH6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD
When I think of Dexter Gordon`s tenor sax playing, words like strong and sturdy come to mind. He was a musician of integrity and a kind of unsentimental, upfront directness, all qualities to be found on this 63-minute compilation of slow tunes taken from seven of his sixties records, plus a live version of Body and Soul from a date at Keystone Corner in 1978.
This is the gentler side of Dex, and his tough-tender approach sounds just perfect on these standards. And what a great selection of songs, including Darn That Dream (always loved that title) with Donald Byrd and Kenny Drew, Don`t Explain on which he`s joined by a luxury cast of Sonny Clark, Butch Warren and Billy Higgins, and I`m a Fool to Want You, which has Freddie Hubbard giving a lovely trumpet solo, and Barry Harris eloquent on piano among the sidemen.
Accompanists on remaining tracks are, among others, Paul Chambers, Horace Parlan, Philly Joe Jones, the great Bud Powell, along with bassist Pierre Michelot and drummer Kenny Clarke.
I`ve had this disc since soon after it was relesed in 1991 (it was one of my first CD purchases) and it still sounds like one of the best ballad albums - albeit a compilation - by any jazz musician. The secret lies in Dex`s refusal to indulge in fake emotion or empty gestures. Coltrane, with whom Dex is often compared, made a record called Ballads too, which is as beguiling as this one.
It also benefits from superb sound, with the leader`s sax cutting through beautifully realised textures provided by his various colleagues. Try the track You`ve Changed for an example of what I mean.
The big man died in 1990 aged 67, not so long after his Oscar nomination for his impressive acting gig in Tavernier`s film Round Midnight.
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By MTG on 17 Sept. 2013
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This is one of those albums you can play again and again and it feels fresh every time. I love it.
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A good record, makes for pleasant, easy listening, another one for my collection. I now have two Dexter Gordon albums which is probably enough for the present time.
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This is Dexter Gordon at his finest. Ballad playing at the highest level. You will not regret buying this wonderful album.
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This is a nice bit of soft ballad type music. You wont find any hard bebop here but you will find some nice tunes to relax to.
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