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Tangerine by Dexter Gordon

For the most part, Dexter Gordon's most significant recordings remain the early 60s dates he led for Blue Note. This is not to stay there are not other worthy titles in his catalog, but it seemed that his later recordings would tread familiar ground, albeit in a grand fashion befitting of Gordon?s great talent. On the occasion of a trip home for Gordon in the summer of 1972 (he had been living in Copenhagen for many years at that point) he would participate in several sessions at Rudy Van Gelder?s which were eventually spread over the Prestige albums CA?PURANGE, GENERATION, and the newly-reissued TANGERINE.

The first three cuts here, including two Gordon originals and the title track, feature brothers Thad and Hank Jones with newcomer Stanley Clarke on bass and Louis Hayes on drums. It?s a snappy quintet that Gordon clearly finds inspiring; his strapping tone and penchant for quotes predominant factors throughout. The last two cuts, one being an alternate take of ?The Group? (the master appeared on GENERATION), sport an all-star group with Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Buster Williams, and Billy Higgins. It all adds up to about 43 minutes of Gordon at his late period best.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Dexter Gordon
  • CD Title: Tangerine
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2000
  • Record Label: Prestige/OJC
  • Musicians: Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone), Thad Jones (flugelhorn tracks 1-3), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet track 5), Hank Jones (piano tracks 1-3), Cedar Walton (piano tracks 4-5), Stanley Clarke (bass tracks 1-3), Buster Williams (bass tracks 4-5), Louis Hayes (drums tracks 1-3), Billy Higgins (drums tracks 4-5)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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