Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Dexter Gordon and Another AEoC

I rediscovered an old best friend last night: Dexter Gordon. Though I've never met him, and he's not even an old friend in the sense that I've listened to his music for a long time, it feels like he plays his sax just to make me smile; like he's giving me a pat on the back and a warm smile every time he blows. A pioneer of the bebop movement, Dexter will never be mentioned as often as his contemporaries John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. It's appropriate, I suppose, because there is nothing revolutionary in the way Mr. Gordon plays, but it doesn't mean he's made music of any less caliber. The album I've uploaded for you masterfaders, "GO!" is simply irresistible. You'll notice the little lines Dexter quotes in his solos: the church bell notes, nurserey rhymes, etc. Normally, it'd be a little corny, but Dexter's huge tone and swing keep everything cooking.

Dexter Gordon: GO!

Also, just as a little bonus here's another Art Ensemble of Chicago record for ya'll. (See my earlier poast on AEoC below for "Les Stances A Sophie") It's a fantastic record for you fans of free jazz out there; pick it up if you're curious as to what a jazz basson solo sounds like. (It sounds cool).

The Art Ensemble of Chicago: Full Force

Just a reminder: none of us here have a rapidshare premium account, which means that if a file has been un-downloaded for 30 days, it will be deleted! So, if you're new here, please dive into our archives before the links start to die; we've got some great stuff back there.


At March 21, 2006, Blogger Sam said...

Hooray for jazz! Good to see another Seth post.


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