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A Swingin' Affair Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (20 Feb. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000E1IGBA
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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I think that Dexter was on top form in the early sixties. He made 4 albums for Blue Note at that time which in my opinion were his best work, these are: A swinging affair, Dexter calling, Doin alright and Go. A swinging affair has his best ever ballad-Dont explain. If you are a Dexter fan you must have all these albums.
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By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Aug. 2009
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A great Hard Bop album - tracks like Soy Califa are instant classics that will stick in your head and the groove on this is fantastic.

Dexter Gordon at his best and he covers every type of Jazz format on this relatively short album, which has a classic quartet line-up and some great playing all round.

Along with Go! (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) this is a must-have album for any serious Jazz collection!?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dexter Gordon the preimenent tenor sax of the Hard bob era 13 Feb. 2009
By A. Romero - Published on
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"A Swingin'Affair" demonstrates clearly why Dexter Gordon is the tenor saxophonist by which all others are judged. His sound is like a horn section delivering exquisite tone that only a section would be capable of. The big sound, equally robust in all registers is present on this recording when Dexter was in his prime. No tenor saxophone of the hard bob era was more distinct and recognizable than Dex. He captured the essence of jazz during that beautiful era of Blue Note recordings that Rudy Van Gilder was so famous for. His sidemen made up of the swinginist players around, Butch Warren, Billy Higgins and Sonny Clark understood that they were backing the giant of tenor sax.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An "Affair" Renewed 6 Mar. 2006
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The most recent batch of six RVG reissues (2/21/06) has left me scratching my head, as the original CD incarnations of four of these titles have never even gone out-of-print, and are still readily available, even new on Amazon. Certainly, there are more deserving titles to re-release that have actually been missing from the catalog for years, but I guess EMI must have plans to make most every golden-era Blue Note album an RVG edition at this point. To be fair, "A Swingin' Affair" is another classic recording from Dexter Gordon's renaissance period, and it is great to have it available in this remastered version. In fact, "Affair" is my favorite Dex Blue Note! Those who have read my reviews know I enjoy his other albums for the label (see "Doin' Allright," "Dexter Calling," "Our Man in Paris," "One Flight Up" and "Gettin' Around"), but there is just something magical about his two albums made with the rhythm trio of Sonny Clark, Butch Warren and Billy Higgins. And while many people will agree with that statement, most also place a higher value on "Go" and not "Affair," recorded two days later on August 29, 1962. But for some reason the second session has always caught my fancy, whether it was the latin flavored "Soy Califa," the best ever rendition of "You Stepped Out of a Dream," or the infectious Warren-penned "The Backbone." Take my word for it, after just one listen, you'll never want this "Affair" to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Business as usual 21 Dec. 2005
By Sam Chell - Published on
Format: Audio CD
How do you select among Dexter's many stellar recordings? Even a session such as "The Panther," which Amazon currently lists 24th among his recordings, should in no way be considered inessential, containing as it does a "Body and Soul" that matches if not eclipses Coleman Hawkins' signature version. As for "A Swingin' Affair," take Dexter's solo on "You Stepped Out of a Dream" and compare it to Rollins' solo on the same tune from "Sonny Rollins Vol.2." Dexter's improvisation strikes me not only as the more lyrical and imaginative but as the more definitive and assured. In fact, listening repeatedly to this compelling storyteller's recordings is to acquire increasing evidence that his may be the one name deserving mention alongside Coltrane's 1960-1965. And as for 1968-1980, Mr. Long Tall stands above the field.

If there's a "downside" to the recording, it's the ridiculously exaggerated separation that confines Dexter's tenor saxophone to one channel and the rhythm section to the other. Let's hope consumer demand justifies a re-mastered edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gordon at his peak. 18 April 2002
By TM - Published on
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As good an introduction to Dexter's great Blue Note renaissance as it's possible to think of, and very probably the best of the lot. Worth buying for the opening track 'Soy Califa' alone - a bouncing samba that unleashes Dexter at his most joyful and propulsive, one of those rare moments when you know you've stumbled upon something really fresh. Few musicians had his ability to really COMMUNICATE with listeners and an audience, and this album gives you an insight into why his warmth and directness were so welcomed at this period. Hard Bop at times, let's be honest, had a tendancy to rather arid displays of pyrotechnics at the expense of creativity and enjoyment. Never thus was Dexter! The accompanying musicians are superb as well, especially Sonny Clark and Billy Higgins, a really tasteful, swinging, cliche-free drummer. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must! 15 Jun. 2000
By Antoine P. MANENS - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If I had to choose only one CD out of Dexter's recordings for Blue Note (i.e. Go!, Our Man In Paris,...), I would definitely choose "A Swingin' Affair". This session is maybe not as intense as "Go!" but... what a warm, round sound! Billy Higgins does an amazing job on the drums and Sonny Clark is impeccable. Dexter is at his best. Highlights are the first two tracks. In "Soy Califa", Dexter is amazing of humor, of energy and of mastery. "Don't Explain" (one of the two ballads of this CD) is wonderfully interpreted: his enormous tone sets a melancholic mood in just a few chords and it lasts for over 6 minutes of intense pleasure. Enjoy! As an extra bonus: an excellent quality of recording.
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