Dexter Gordon – One Flight Up (Vinyl LP)


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*This is a Vinyl LP*

Release Date:  2015

Label:  Blue Note Records


Track List

Side A

  1. Tanya

Side B

  1. Coppin’ The Haven
  2. Darn That Dream



Bass – Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen
Drums – Art Taylor
Piano – Kenny Drew
Tenor Saxophone – Dexter Gordon
Trumpet – Donald Byrd



After gaining experience playing with the big bands of Lionel Hampton and Louis Armstrong, Dexter Gordon became the first tenor-saxophonist to not only master bebop but to develop his own distinctive sound in the new style. He recorded with Dizzy Gillespie and as a leader, and starred in late night jam sessions in Los Angeles with fellow tenors Wardell Gray and Teddy Edwards. After a largely uneventful decade in the 1950s, Gordon made a major comeback in 1961 when he emerged in prime form with a series of releases on the Blue Note label.

1964’s One Flight Up served as his sixth effort for Blue Note, recorded with producer Francis Wolff and a quintet rounded out by Donald Byrd (trumpet), Kenny Drew (piano), Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass) and Art Taylor (drums) in Paris, France during his years spent living abroad. Free from the restrictions of the American music scene, Gordon and company offer up three extended numbers including the 18-minute “Tanya,” 11-minute “Coppin’ the Haven” and 7 1/2-minute “Darn That Dream.”

There was no mistaking Dexter Gordon for anyone else, and he always gave the impression that he could play for hours without running out of inventive ideas or personality.


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