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Xxxl (Live) (2002)

Artist: Dexter Gordon
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Format: CD
Sku: 60568867
UPC: 025218312325
UPC 14: 00025218312325
Release Date: 9/17/2002
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Rhythm-A-Ning ~ Dexter Gordon
2. Misty ~ Dexter Gordon
3. Love For Sale ~ Dexter Gordon

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); Bobby Timmons (piano); Victor Gaskin (bass); Percy Brice (drums).
Muze PNote Recorded live at The Ballroom, Baltimore, Maryland on May 4, 1969. Includes liner notes by Kevin Whitehead.
Muze PNote All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Muze PNote Personnel: Bobby Timmons (piano); Percy Brice (drums).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Kevin Whitehead.
Muze PNote Recording information: Famous Ballroom, Baltimore, MD (05/04/1969).
Muze PNote Editor: David Luke.
Muze PNote Photographer: Jan Persson.
Muze PNote Ready for a 24-minute rendition of Thelonious Monk's "Rhythm-a-ning"? You don't think so? Well, give it a shot -- you might be pleasantly surprised. Material from Dexter Gordon's May 1969 concert at the Famous Ballroom in Baltimore has already appeared on another live album (L.T.D., also on Prestige), but the three long tracks presented here are not cold leftovers. Opening with that 24-minute version of "Rhythm-a-ning," Gordon shows himself to be in peak form, improvising for a solid seven minutes without doing anything boring. Pianist Bobby Timmons is playing well too (though he's a bit hard to hear in the slightly unbalanced mix; bassist Victor Gaskin is, unfortunately, practically inaudible). And on this track, Percy Brice delivers one of what may be only two or three truly interesting drum solos in the history of jazz. The second tune is a version of "Misty" that comes across as surprisingly robust and rhythmically driven, despite its slow tempo and balladic melody; here, again, Gordon shines on an unusually long performance. The program culminates with a 22-minute rendition of "Love for Sale," which is given a gently propulsive and faintly Latin-tinged arrangement. Whether this can be considered an essential Dexter Gordon document is open to debate, but for those with a particular interest in the artist, it can be recommended without reservation. ~ Rick Anderson

Engineer: Vernon Welsh

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Bobby Timmons

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Classic Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Savoy At 60
Muze Music Compilations More of the Most Relaxing Jazz Music in the Universe
Muze Music Compilations Music For Lovers
Muze Music Compilations Essential (Rmst)
Muze Music Compilations Jazz:smithsonian Anthology
Muze Music Compilations Don't Just Sing:anthology 1693-1999
Muze Music Compilations Uncompromising Expression:singles Col
Muze Music Compilations Prestige Profiles

Associated Artists and Works

The Chase! ~ Ammons, Gene
Cohn, Al
Getz, Stan
Gray, Wardell
Hampton, Lionel
Krog, Karin
McLean, Jackie
Original Soundtrack
Round Midnight [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ~ Original Soundtrack
Webster, Ben

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/17/2002
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2002
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 11023
Music Label Name Label : Prestige
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Live
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00025218312325

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