Dexter Gordon Featuring Joe Newman ‎– Dexter Gordon Featuring Joe Newman

Monad Records (2) ‎– MOA 806
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Credits in booklet have both parts of "Body & Soul" as one track and don't list "Softly", incorrectly leaving the tracklist at 5 tracks


Notes from album:
Dexter Gordon is no stranger to Jazz fans around the globe. His strong, clear tone personified the tenor saxophone for decades, and although the man is no longer with us, the melody lingers on. This particular recording has found the right home at Monad Classic Series, for truly it is that... a classic.

Recorded in November 1976 at the world famous Jazz Workshop in Chicago this package spotlights Dexter at his best. Teamed up with the sensitive lyrical trumpet of Joe Newman the maestro swings, thrills and soothes from the opening "Tangerine", a romping rendition, sharing solos with the entire entourage, through an incomparable version of "Body and Soul", a mood changing "Ode to Billie Jo" featuring the sexy trumpet of Newman, the ensemble of "Softly", a tear-jerking "Shadow" and a gutsy swinging extended version of "Walkin'", this recording highlights the versatility of a true Jazz Master.

Another Classic from MONAD RECORDS — BUDDY SCOTT

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 94521 08062 6
  • Matrix / Runout: DISC MFG., INC. (H4) W.O. 104782-1 MOA806


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February 20, 2017
edited 6 months ago

On the down side, "Body & Soul" is divided into two section - the first section fades out after approximately 4 minutes, only to have the second section fade out AGAIN after approximately 4 more minutes. "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise" fades out just after Newman begins his statement. "The Shadow of Your Smile" fades out just after Gordon finishes his 5 minute opening statement, just as the piano solo appears to be commencing.

On the upside: The sound is VERY good for a live recording. The piano is well miced, and the balance is excellent. "Tangerine" cruises along at satisfying mid-tempo swing for 13:45, and features fine solos from the principals. "Walkin'" clocks in at 15:45, and burns throughout, with extended solos for pianist Jodie Christian and bassist Eddie DeHaas. Joe Newman's solo performance on "Ode to Billie Jo" is poised, soulful, and memorable. The tune starts out as a soul-jazz interpretation, and moves to a swinging soul strut. Both Gordon and Newman are in great form throughout, and the rhythm section is first rate. But for the annoying interruptions of the performances, this would be a near classic live date