Dexter Gordon — Go


I just did a couple updates on the site.  Most notable is the addition of a subscription button on the upper right side of the page, just above the blogroll.   Submit your email address and you will receive a notification each time a new post is up.  I know it’s been a little slow lately, but I hope to have a new record up every 2 or 3 days…

I admit it, my music collection is a bit shy on Dexter Gordon.  Of course I knew about him, but for whatever reason I never chased down his recordings or stumbled on them in stores.  I’ve had Our Man In Paris for a long time and enjoyed it, but never picked up another CD or LP beyond that.  That’s all about to change after getting this nice original copy of Go.  What a great record–and a great sound!  Gotta be one of the best tenor tones ever–I’m hooked.  There is already another CD in the mail and I’m on the lookout for LPs.

Recorded in August 1962 by Rudy Van Gelder, Gordon is joined by Sonny Clark (p), Butch Warren (bs), and Billy Higgins (dr).  This is an original mono pressing.

(Details: Blue Note BLP 4221 mono/New York USA/no deepgroove/”p”/Van Gelder)

Dexter Gordon — Cheese Cake

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8 Responses to Dexter Gordon — Go

  1. Tony says:

    If you are just now getting into Dexter Gordon, you’ve got a lot of catching up to do. There could be a lot worse things to do. 🙂 Good luck to you.

    • vinyltim says:

      I’m looking forward to it for sure. I hesitated to even write that, but it is what it is. There is a lot of tenor saxophone in my music collection, but very little Dexter. That’s part of what’s so great about actively listening to and collecting music–I’m finding new stuff all the time, while digging deeper into music I’m already familiar with.

  2. Tony says:

    If you ever want to post anything by my all time favorite tenor player; Ben Webster, I’m sure many people would be happy.

    • vinyltim says:

      Sure, sadly I don’t have much Ben Webster on vinyl. I do have one cool thing: an Emarcy EP (45 w/cover) called The Iron Hat. I’ll get that up on the blog. Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. Dexter is the man for big tenor. Go is among his best, along with Paris, so you are doing well.
    “Swingin’ Affair” is the one everybody wants and can’t get on original vinyl, me included!
    If you beat me to it, there might be serious angst in LondonJazzCollector Towers!

  4. vinyltim says:

    More originals are not super likely, but you never know. Here’s to hoping….
    I’ll grab whatever I see on CD too.

  5. Henry says:

    The first Dexter album I ever heard was “Go!” and I was hooked (plus it turned me on to Sonny). I specifically look for Dexter whenever I stop at a record store now, just hoping. From my experience, he’s hard to find, at least his prime ’60s stuff. I just have “One Flight Up” on vinyl, and it’s a Liberty pressing. Sounds great too, another personal favorite.

    I’d love to have “Go” on later-pressing vinyl, let alone original. What a beauty.

    • vinyltim says:

      Believe me, I know how lucky it was to snag this one. I made a list and am looking. I’d love Liberty pressings of his great 60’s records–that may be the route to go. Although I’d prefer LP’s, I ordered a CD of Gettin’ Around and the others are next.

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