Dexter Gordon – Sophisticated Giant (Vinyl LP)


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*This is a Vinyl LP*

Release Date:  2018

Label:  Columbia Records


Track List

Side A

A1. Laura 7:38
A2. The Moontrane 6:35
A3. Red Top 9:55

Side B

B1. Fried Bananas 7:52
B2. You’re Blasé 9:50
B3. How Insensitive 4:55



Alto Saxophone, Flute, Flute – Frank Wess
Bass – Rufus Reid
Drums – Victor Lewis
Piano – George Cables
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Dexter Gordon
Trombone – Slide Hampton
Trombone – Wayne Andre
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Benny Bailey
Trumpet, Flugelhorn, – Woody Shaw
Tuba, Baritone Saxophone – Howard Johnson
Vibraphone – Bobby Hutcherson



Available once again on vinyl to coincide with the insightful Maxine Gordon-penned biography that shares its title, Sophisticated Giant was recorded shortly after Gordon’s return from a dozen years living abroad in Europe. Originally recorded in June of 1977, the album finds Gordon on both tenor and soprano saxophone joined by an all-star “Dextette,” 10 crack players including trumpeters Woody Shaw and Benny Bailey, vibes master Bobby Hutcherson, trombonist Slide Hampton, Frank Wess on alto and flute and more. Includes the Gordon original “Fried Bananas,” Shaw’s “The Moontrane” plus standards such as “Laura” and “You’re Blasé” all arranged by Slide Hampton and produced by Michael Cuscuna.

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