Dexter Gordon
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Tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon (1923) adapted Charlie Parker's alto style to the tenor saxophone on Long Tall Dexter (january 1946), Rides Again (october 1945) and The Chase (june 1947), mostly based on his own themes. He was not shy to employ dissonance. His specialty was the piano quartet, starting with Go (august 1962) to the European recordings of the 1970s, mostly with Niels Pedersen on bass, notably The Apartment (september 1974), containing his Candlelight Lady and The Apartment, Bouncing' with Dex (september 1975), featuring pianist Tete Montoliu, bassist Niels Pedersen and drummer Billy Higgins, and containing Benji's Bounce and Catalonian Nights, and Biting the Apple (november 1976), containing Apple Jump and A La Modal. He usually failed to master the same energy in other formats, with the notable exception of Something Different (september 1975), that did not include a pianist (guitarist Philip Catherine, bassist Niels Pedersen, drummer Billy Higgins) and contained his Winther's Calling.

Gordon died in 1990.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Rodolfo Lunardi)

Il tenor-sassofonista Dexter Gordon adattò lo stile be-bop del contralto di Charlie Parker al suo tenore come dimostrano i lavori Long Tall Dexter (1945), Rides Again (1945) and The Chase (1947), basati principalmente su proprie composizioni. Nel suo modo di suonare, sicuramente non mancavano le dissonanze. La sua formazione preferita era il quartetto con piano, basso e batteria, partendo da Go (1962) fino alle incisioni europee degli anni '70, perlopiù con Niels Pedersen al basso; fra queste da segnalare The Apartment (1974), con i suoi brani Candlelight Lady e The Apartment, Bouncin' with Dex (1975) inciso con il pianista Tete Montoliu, il bassista Niels Pedersen e il batterista Billy Higgins, e contenenti Benji's Bounce e Catalonian Nights, e Biting the Apple (1976), con le notevoli Apple Jump e A La Modal. Purtroppo non ha quasi mai diretto con la stessa energia altri tipi di complessi, escluso la notevole eccezione di Something Different (1975), inciso con una formazione che non prevedeva il piano, bensì la presenza di un chitarrista (Philip Catherine), affiancato dalla solita sezione ritmica Pedersen/Higgins, dove spicca il brano Winter's Calling.

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