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Dexter Gordon In His Own Words

Aug 6, 2017

Jazz Unlimited for August 6, 2017 will be “Dexter Gordon in His Own Words.”  The great tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon was noted not only for his melodic solos that were compositions in their own right but also for inserting humorous quotes into his solos.  He had a great speaking voice and late in his career was nominated for an Oscar for his work in the film “‘Round Midnight.”  We will hear him in four monologues on various topics and with Dizzy Gillespie, the Billy Eckstine Orchestra, Wardell Gray, Herbie Hancock, Woody Shaw and with his own groups.  His compositions will be played Ray Brown and the Roots group.  A special feature of this show will be vocalese versions of two of his great solos by Kurt Elling.

The Slide Show has my photographs of some of the artists heard on this show.

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of August 14, 2017.

Here are Dexter Gordon (ts) Kenny Drew (p) Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson (b) and Jual Curtis (d) playing "Those Were the Days" at the Montmartre Jazzhus in Copenhagen (1971).