Dexter Gordon One Flight Up [Bonus Track]
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item number: ZUCL 5137
- Released: August 10, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Blue Note Records
- 2.Coppin' The Haven
- 3.Darn That Dream
- 4.Kong Neptune
Personnel: Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); Dexter Gordon; Donald Byrd (trumpet); Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass instrument); Kenny Drew (piano); Art Taylor (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Rudy Van Gelder.
Liner Note Authors: Leonard Feather; Bob Blumenthal.
Recording information: CBS Studios, Paris France (06/02/1964).
Photographer: Francis Wolff.
Again one wonders: where would jazz have gone without the advent of the LP? Certainly not down the path that brought us the 18-minute "Tanya," which originally took up the entire first side of Dexter Gordon's second expatriate album for Blue Note in 1964. Based in Copenhagen since 1962, Gordon assembled a group in Paris for this session, including fellow Americans-abroad Kenny Drew, Donald Byrd and Art Taylor. It's Byrd who contributes "Tanya," a cross-pollination of Blue Note smolder and then-the-rage modal perspective.
Gordon takes his time stretching out over the forms, which are particularly drawn out to begin with. Drew's "Coppin' the Haven" is a more concise continuation of the effort to reconcile the modal approach with the use of more bop-like changes. "Darn That Dream," a ballad feature for the leader, is done as a quartet, as is the one Gordon composition "Kong Neptune," a track not released on the original LP. A particularly interesting aspect of this disc is the chance to hear bassist Niels--Henning Orsted Pedersen making one of his earliest recorded appearances.