Xxxl (Live) CD (2002)

Artist: Dexter Gordon

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Label Ryko Distribution
SKU 60568867
UPC 025218312325
UPC 14 00025218312325
Format CD
Release Date 9/17/2002
Author Dexter Gordon
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Compilation Appearance Classic Jazz
Compilation Appearance Prestige Profiles
Compilation Appearance Music For Lovers
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Compilation Appearance Uncompromising Expression:singles Col
Compilation Appearance Don't Just Sing:anthology 1693-1999
Compilation Appearance Essential (Rmst)
Compilation Appearance More of the Most Relaxing Jazz Music in the Universe
Technical Info
Engineer Vernon Welsh
CatalogID 11023
Lable Name Prestige
Released 09/17/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 55m : 8s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00025218312325
Musical Guests
Bobby Timmons
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); Bobby Timmons (piano); Victor Gaskin (bass); Percy Brice (drums).
Recorded live at The Ballroom, Baltimore, Maryland on May 4, 1969. Includes liner notes by Kevin Whitehead.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Bobby Timmons (piano); Percy Brice (drums).
Liner Note Author: Kevin Whitehead.
Recording information: Famous Ballroom, Baltimore, MD (05/04/1969).
Editor: David Luke.
Photographer: Jan Persson.
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
Disc 1
1 Rhythm-A-Ning
2 Misty
3 Love For Sale

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