Dexter Gordon – 12 Classic Albums: 1947-1962 (12 Original Albums On 6 CDS)


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Release Date:  2015

Label:  Enlightenment


Track List

Disc 1

  • Dexter’s Riff
  • Settin’ The Pace, Part 1 & 2
  • So Easy
  • Long Tall Dexter
  • Dexter Rides Again
  • I Can’t Escape From You
  • Dexter Digs In
  • Dexter’s Minor Mad
  • Blow Mr. Dexter
  • Dexter’s Deck
  • Dexter’s Cuttin’ Out
  • Blues Bikini
  • Lullaby In Rhythm
  • Chromatic Aberration
  • Mischievous Lady
  • Ghost Of A Chance
  • Sweet And Lovely
  • Horning In

Disc 2

  • The Chase
  • The Steeplechase
  • Daddy Plays The Horn
  • Confirmation
  • Darn That Dream
  • Number Four
  • Autumn In New York
  • You Can Depend On Me

Disc 3

  • Disorder At The Border
  • The Hunt (a.k.a. Rocks & Shoals)
  • Silver Plated
  • Cry Me A River
  • Rhythm Mad
  • Don’t Worry About Me
  • I Hear Music
  • Bonna Rue
  • I Should Care
  • Blowin’ For Dootsie
  • Tenderly

Disc 4

  • Blow-Blow-Blow
  • Cherry Koke
  • Home Run
  • Dolo
  • Lovely Lisa
  • Affair In Havana
  • Jodi
  • Field Day

Disc 5

  • I Was Doing All Right
  • You’ve Changed
  • For Regulars Only
  • Society Red
  • It’s You Or No One
  • Soul Sister
  • Modal Mood
  • I Want More
  • The End Of A Love Affair
  • Clear The Dex
  • Ernie’s Tune
  • Smile

Disc 6

  • Cheese Cake
  • I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
  • Second Balcony Jump
  • Love For Sale
  • Where Are You
  • Three O’Clock In The Morning
  • Soy Califa
  • Don’t Explain
  • You Stepped Out Of A Dream
  • The Backbone
  • (It Will Have To Do) Until The Real Thing Comes Along
  • McSplivens



Short stints with Lee Young, the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, and Louis Armstrong’s big band preceded his move to New York in December 1944 and becoming part of Billy Eckstine’s Orchestra, trading off with Gene Ammons on Eckstine’s recording of “Blowin’ the Blues Away.” Gordon recorded with Dizzy Gillespie (“Blue ‘N’ Boogie”) and as a leader for Savoy before returning to Los Angeles in the summer of 1946. He was a chief part of the Central Avenue scene, trading off with Wardell Gray and Teddy Edwards in many legendary tenor clashes. After 1952, drug struggles resulted in some jail time and periods of indolence during the ’50s (although Gordon did record two albums in 1955). By 1960, he was recovered and soon he was recording a consistently gratifying series of dates for Blue Note. However, just as he was regaining his former popularity, in 1962 Gordon moved to Europe where he would stay until 1976. This collection of 12 original LP’s concentrate on Gordon’s early American years up until he left for Europe. His immortal status in Jazz’s hall of fame was arguably solidified during this period, with some of his most impressive and progressive playing. With remastered tracks and over 7 hours listening time, this is a seminal volume on the works of one of the true titans of Jazz.

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