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  Dexter Gordon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gordon is particularly famous for his titanic saxophone duels with fellow tenorman Wardell Gray, which were a popular live attraction that also produced several albums between 1947 and 1952.
Gordon finally returned to the United States for good in 1976, and appeared in the Village Vanguard, NY for a gig that was dubbed as his 'homecoming'.
Gordon is a member of the Jazz Hall of Fame, and was voted musician of the year by 'Down Beat' magazine in 1978 and 1980.
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 Dexter Gordon - Wikipedia
1962 tourte Dexter Gordon in Europa, wo er die meiste Zeit in den nächsten 15 Jahren verbrachte.
Dexter Gordons Klang war voluminös mit einer Tendenz leicht "zurück", d.h.
Ein liebenswerter Tick Gordons war, vor dem Spielen eines Jazz-Standards zuerst den Text zu rezitieren.
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 NEA Jazz Masters DexterGordon
Long Tall Dexter, as the lanky saxophonist was known, cut a striking figure with his familiar embouchure, near-vibratoless sound, and prodigious ability to improvise.
Dexter took up the clarinet at age thirteen and switched to the alto sax at fifteen.
Dexter left school in 1940 and joined a local band before landing a gig with the Lionel Hampton (NEA American Jazz Master 1988) band from 1940-43.
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 Dexter Gordon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Although saxophonist Dexter Gordon (1923-1990) wasn't the sole jazz great to be cast prominently in a major film, his starring role in 'Round Midnight helped publicize a musical career marked by chronic declines and comebacks over 40 years.
Gordon's empathy with pianist Bud Powell on the furiously boppish "A Night in Tunisia" is a major moment in both their careers.
Gordon made a point of knowing the lyrics to ballads, even occasionally entertaining club audiences by reciting songs prior to blowing them, and he had a captivating way of conveying emotional energies encoded in banal words.
www.bostonphoenix.com /alt1/archive/music/reviews/01-16-97/REX/DEXTER_GORDON.html   (507 words)

 Dexter Gordon : Our Man In Paris <>
Dexter Gordon played with Lionel Hampton from 1940-1943, and moved on to jobs with Louis Armstrong, Billy Eckstine, and Fletcher Henderson.
Gordon's playing now included honks and squeaks, but most significantly, it had a bluntness to it--blunt in terms of direct communication, but also blunt and sawed-off rather than sharp and round.
Gordon is at his freest and most "modern," attacking the song with incredible intensity rather than embracing the song as he did on "Stairway..." He generates sounds rarely, if ever, heard on a tenor saxophone, and a remarkable cadenza continues to fuel the fire until the very last note.
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 Sophisticated Giant The Dexter Gordon Discography
Dexter was by far one of the most influential tenors of the forties.
Dexter Gordon was one of the most stylish of Jazz players throughout the decades.
Dexter Keith Gordon was a middle class child from Los Angeles who learned his trade in local big bands and, by the age of 17, played with Lionel Hampton.
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 PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon began to play clarinet at the age of 13 and studied music with Lloyd Reese, during which time he played in a rehearsal band with other pupils of Reese, including Charles Mingus and Buddy Collette.
Gordon returned to California in summer 1946 and played with the drummer Cee Pee Johnson in Honolulu for two months, and then for the remainder of the decade he continued to work alternately on the East and West coasts.
Gordon's music strongly affected the two leading tenor saxophonists of the succeeding generation, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane.
www.pbs.org /jazz/biography/artist_id_gordon_dexter.htm   (579 words)

 The My Hero Project - Dexter Gordon
Dexter was born February 27, 1923 and raised in Watts, California.
And when the tune came to an end, Dexter's method of cutting the band off was anything but conventional; with his horn hanging from his neck, his arms out to the side, he would do a few half-knee bends while his side-men exercised a few moments of musical freedom.
Dexter Gordon was a musician nominated for an Oscar.
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 MSN Encarta - Multimedia - Jazz Saxophonist Dexter Gordon
Influenced by American jazz saxophonist Lester Young, American Dexter Gordon was one of the leading tenor saxophonists of the bebop style of jazz in the mid-1940s.
Gordon became especially known for his tone and laid-back phrasing on the saxophone.
Here, he is heard in a 1965 recording of a bossa nova, a relaxed style of jazz originating in the music of Brazil.
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 Dexter Gordon (Books, films, and a small biography on Dexter Gordon)
When ever and wherever Dexter Gordon appeared it was an event, a celebration of life by the music that coursed through his tenor saxophone which sometimes looked (but never sounded) like a toy in the hands of the handsome, 6'5" man whose frame were symbolic of his stature as an artist.
As a teacher Gordon was active with the Worker's Cultural Foundation in Malmo, Sweden and with the Jazz and Youth Society, Vallekilde, Denmark.
Dexter Gordon, the romantic, had returned to New York and paid tribute with a release of well-mellowed horn combined with the fresh elements in harmony, rhythm and tonality.
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 Dexter Gordon
Gordon then alternated between the East and West coasts, performing with Tadd Dameron and joining fellow tenor player Wardell Gray for a much celebrated series of "saxophone duels" between the years 1947 and 1952.
Gordon’s playing was heavily influenced by Lester Young and, to a lesser degree, by Illinois Jacquet.
Gordon’s playing evolved with the times and he would be influenced by Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, both of whom had originally been influenced by him.
members.aol.com /jaz206/profiles/gordon.html   (413 words)

 VH1.com : Dexter Gordon : Biography
Dexter Gordon had such a colorful and eventful life (with three separate comebacks) that his story would make a great Hollywood movie.
Gordon did return to the U.S. on an occasional basis, recording in 1965, 1969-1970, and 1972, but he was to an extent forgotten in his native land.
Gordon was signed to Columbia and remained a popular figure until his gradually worsening health made him semi-active by the early '80s.
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 Dexter Gordon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Gordon had an extraordinary way of combining simple melodic ideas into a complex, coherent whole and was especially known for his behind-the-beat phrasing and full tone.
Gordon absorbed the swing concepts presented by Lester Young and Illinois Jacquet, mastered the language of bebop, and influenced many young lions of the time including John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins.
Dexter Gordon began playing the clarinet at the age of 13 in a rehearsal band with Charles Mingus and Buddy Collete headed by Lloyd Reese.
www.jazztranscriptions.com /dexterbio.html   (420 words)

 Sophisticated Giant The Dexter Gordon Discography
Named "Long Tall Dex" for his 6-foot 5-inch frame, Dexter Gordon was a pioneering, full-fledged bop tenor saxophonist.
Charismatic and debonair, Gordon made a career of expertly blending rhythm and romance on the bandstand and the silver screen.
In 1976, Gordon enjoyed a hero's welcome in the U.S. when he played the Village Vanguard, and joined Columbia Records, which featured him with Slide Hampton and Woody Shaw.
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 Jazz Artist Biography - Dexter Gordon@ jazzreview.com
Gordon's portrayal of Dale Turner in the film was truly captivating; when he was on stage, that's all you could see; he dominated the screen with his lofty and tottering presence.
And when the tune comes to an end, Dexter's method of cutting the band off is anything but...conventional; with his horn hanging form his neck, his arms out to the side, he does a few half-knee bends while his side-men exercise a few moments of musical freedom.
Dexter does not excercise a conventional bow, rather, his signature bow; holding his horn in a horizontal fashion, he turns to thank the audience for their generous applause...bowing his head; truly a dramatic performance in itself.
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 Dexter Gordon: The Hard Bop Homepage
Dexter has always been a direct, exciting communicator of emotions; his big sound and declarative attack are as commanding of attention as his imposing height.
Gordon worked at the Spotlite Club with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Bud Powell and then had his own group at the Three Dueces.
Gordon returned to the West Coast in the summer of 1946 but not before he had made several recordings with his own groups.
members.tripod.com /~hardbop/dex.html   (846 words)

 CD Review of Dexter Gordon - The Complete Prestige Recordings on Prestige @ jazzreview.com
The legend of Dexter Gordon is documented extensively throughout countless recordings over the years.
He went from the success of a nomination for an Academy Award to the defeat of spending time in jail (due to a drug addiction), and then turned it all around with successful comebacks until his health began to fail him in the 80s.
Gordon was an innovator and a true musical genius, laying a foundation that many musicians would build upon for many years to come.
www.jazzreview.com /cdreview.cfm?ID=8765   (349 words)

 BBC - Radio 3 Jazz Profiles - Dexter Gordon
Born and brought up in Los Angeles, Gordon was the first musician to develop a convincing individual bebop style of modern jazz on the tenor saxophone.
Gordon had made his reputation in the West for winning 'battles' against other tenorists, in an ever more complex stream of improvisation, and after staging such events with Hampton's band, he was featured in many other such duels - notably with fellow tenorist Wardell Gray.
Drug addiction interrupted his career in the 1950s but in the 60s he went on to make an impressive series of discs for Blue Note, and relocated to Europe, where for 15 years he was one of the key US expatriates to influence the local scene.
www.bbc.co.uk /radio3/jazz/profiles/dexter_gordon.shtml   (296 words)

 Dexter Gordon: A Musical Biography (Da Capo Paperback)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Gordon is one of the most underated musicians in jazz history, and it is good that the truth about this man's greatness is finally being told.
Dexter said he wanted to learn how to play the clarinet like his father.
With an all-star cast like Dexter Gordon and Herbie Hancock, along with many of their jazz colleagues, this movie is a realistic look at what many jazz musicians have had to go through.
www.freeglossary.com /p:0306803615   (468 words)

 CATALOG: DEXTER GORDON   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
The excitement Dexter Gordon generated during his triumphal 1976 "return" to the American jazz scene was absent during the annual visits home that the expatriate tenor giant made during the late Sixties and early Seventies.
Gordon had more than one resurgence during his fitful career, with this album launching a particularly important stretch that led to Gordon's return to the East Coast, his classic Blue Note albums, and more than a decade as a European expatriate.
Dexter Gordon's 15-year residency in Copenhagen was punctuated with frequent trips back to the United States.
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 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Doin' Alright [Remaster] - Dexter Gordon at Epinions.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Dexter sets the scene and carries the tune for the first five minutes.
Gordon's enthusiastic two minute sax solo is followed by Hubbard's trumpet counterpoint.
Gordon shows a lot of range in his playing, blowing fast and switching gears, and pulling rhythmic punches.
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 L.T.D. : Dexter Gordon : CD Reviews : One Final Note
This performance was recorded on one of Dexter Gordon's infrequent trips to the U.S. after moving to Europe in the early 60's.
Dexter was always a master of ballads; he's a true storyteller who makes every ballad sound as if it was written just for him.
Dexter really pours it on during his choruses and finally the rhythm section responds with some true heat of their own, they would have been scared not to!
www.onefinalnote.com /reviews/g/gordon-dexter/l-t-d-live.asp   (926 words)

 Jazz Connections - Miles Davis / Dexter Gordon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
GORDON'S BIOGRAPHY IS A LOT LESS forthcoming on the use and abuse of hard drugs than is Davis', written with Quincy Troupe.
Dexter remembered that both were in total awe of Bird, and that both improved a lot as musicians for having gigged with him there around 1945.
Parker was no fashion-plate, but Gordon was, remembered Miles, who thought him "super hip" and "dapper." To hang out with long, tall Dex, Miles had to dump his Brooks Brothers suits and shell out $47 for a hipper rig.
www.entanet.com /jazzconnections/connections/0918.html   (311 words)

 Dexter Gordon Tribute: Larry Vuckovich - Jazz at Pearls   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Tenor sax icon Dexter Gordon began his career in 1940, playing with the Lionel Hampton band, and making his first recording as a leader with Nat "King" Cole as a sideman on piano.
Recognized as one of the leaders of the bop movement, and a stylistic pioneer Gordon influenced generations of players including Sonny Rollins and John Coletrane and made an enduring impact on the music.
Tenor sax giant Dexter Gordon began his career in 1940, playing with the Lionel Hampton band with which he recorded in 1942.
www.jazzatpearls.com /talent/talent_page.php?id=75   (679 words)

 Dexter Gordon: Manhattan Symphonie - PopMatters Music Review
Gordon came up among or in earshot of a lot of mightily impressive tenor saxophonists influenced by Coleman Hawkins, and by people who had heard and based their styles on Hawkins before he went to Europe for a lot of the 1930s.
The signal quality of Gordon's playing is that while other players, in improvising on chords, tended to have to play a lot of notes both to keep in touch with the harmonies they were working through, and also to keep the horn in tune, he didn't need to make the detours.
Gordon's is a very distinctive voice on tenor, dark and no nonsense.
popmatters.com /music/reviews/g/gordondexter-manhattan.shtml   (959 words)

 African American Registry: Saxophonist, Dexter Gordon exemplified the culture of jazz!
Saxophonist, Dexter Gordon exemplified the culture of jazz!
*Dexter Gordon was born on this date in 1923.
From Los Angeles, Calif. Dexter Keith Gordon played the clarinet and alto saxophone as a teenager, but the improvising of Lester Young inspired him to play the tenor saxophone exclusively.
www.aaregistry.com /african_american_history/83/Saxophonist_Dexter_Gordon_exemplified_the_culture_of_jazz   (198 words)

 Dexter Gordon: The Complete Prestige Recordings   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
While Gordon was touring the States in '70, Chicago impresario Joe Segal brought him together with tenor player Gene Ammons for the first time in over 25 years for a date at The North Park Hotel.
By this time Gordon had begun to incorporate some of the harmonic inventions of the avante garde movement into his playing, although his playing could never be considered on the edge.
Gordon's wife once said that “He wanted to be remembered as the bebop tenor saxophonist,” and on the strength of this box his position is affirmed.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=15854   (2193 words)

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