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Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
(February 27, 1923 – April 25, 1990)[1] was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He was among the earliest tenor players to adapt the bebop musical language of people such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bud Powell
Bud Powell
to the instrument. Gordon's height was 6 feet 6 inches (198 cm), so he was also known as "Long Tall Dexter" and "Sophisticated Giant". His studio and live performance career spanned over 40 years. Gordon's sound was commonly characterized as being "large" and spacious and he had a tendency to play behind the beat. He was famous for humorously inserting musical quotes into his solos. One of his major influences was Lester Young. Gordon, in turn, was an early influence on John Coltrane
John Coltrane
and Sonny Rollins. Rollins and Coltrane then influenced Gordon's playing as he explored hard bop and modal playing during the 1960s. Gordon was known for his genial and humorous stage presence. He was an advocate of playing to communicate with the audience.[2] One of his idiosyncratic rituals was to recite lyrics from each ballad before playing it. A photograph by Herman Leonard of Gordon taking a smoke break at the Royal Roost in 1948 is one of the iconic images in jazz photography. Cigarettes were a recurring theme on covers of Gordon's albums. Gordon was nominated for an Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in the Bertrand Tavernier
Bertrand Tavernier
film Round Midnight (Warner Bros, 1986), and he won a Grammy for Best Jazz
Jazz
Instrumental Performance, Soloist, for the soundtrack album The Other Side of Round Midnight (Blue Note Records, 1986). He also had a cameo role in the 1990 movie, Awakenings.

Contents

1 Life and career

1.1 Early life 1.2 Bebop
Bebop
era recordings 1.3 The 1950s 1.4 New York renaissance 1.5 Years in Europe 1.6 Homecoming 1.7 Musician Emeritus

2 Family 3 Instruments 4 Discography

4.1 As sideman

5 In popular culture 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Life and career[edit] Early life[edit] Dexter Keith Gordon was born on February 27, 1923 in Los Angeles, California. His father, Dr. Frank Gordon, was one of the first African American doctors in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
who arrived in 1918 after graduating from Howard Medical School in Washington, D.C. Among his patients were Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
and Lionel Hampton. Dexter's mother, Gwendolyn Baker, was the daughter of Captain Edward Baker, one of the five African American Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor
recipients in the Spanish–American War.[3] Gordon played clarinet from the age of 13, before switching to saxophone (initially alto, then tenor) at 15. While still at school, he played in bands with such contemporaries as Chico Hamilton
Chico Hamilton
and Buddy Collette.[4] Between December 1940 and 1943, Gordon was a member of Lionel Hampton's band, playing in a saxophone section alongside Illinois Jacquet and Marshal Royal. During 1944 he was featured in the Fletcher Henderson band, followed by the Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
band, before joining Billy Eckstine. The 1942–44 musicians' strike curtailed the recording of the Hampton, Henderson, and Armstrong bands; however, they were recorded on V-Discs
V-Discs
produced by the Army for broadcast and distribution among overseas troops. In 1943 he was featured, alongside Harry "Sweets" Edison, in recordings under Nat Cole
Nat Cole
for a small label not affected by the strike. Bebop
Bebop
era recordings[edit] By late 1944, Gordon was resident in New York and a featured soloist in the Billy Eckstine
Billy Eckstine
big band (If That's The Way You Feel, I Want To Talk
Talk
About You, Blowin' the Blues Away, Opus X, I'll Wait And Pray, The Real Thing Happened To Me, Lonesome Lover Blues, I Love the Rhythm in a Riff,), and during early 1945 he was featured on recordings by Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
(Blue 'n' Boogie, Groovin' High) and Sir Charles Thompson (Takin' Off, If I Had You, 20th Century Blues, The Street Beat). By late 1945 he was recording under his own name for the Savoy label. His Savoy recordings during 1945-46 included Blow Mr. Dexter, Dexter's Deck, Dexter's Minor Mad, Long Tall Dexter, Dexter Rides Again, I Can't Escape From You, and Dexter Digs In. He returned in Los Angeles in late 1946 and in 1947 was leading sessions for Ross Russell's Dial label (Mischievous Lady, Lullaby in Rhythm, The Chase, Iridescence, It's the Talk
Talk
of the Town, Bikini, A Ghost of a Chance, Sweet and Lovely). After his return to Los Angeles, he became known for his saxophone duels with fellow tenorman Wardell Gray, which were a popular concert attraction documented in recordings made between 1947 and 1952 (The Hunt, Move, The Chase, The Steeplechase). The Hunt gained literary fame from its mention in Jack Kerouac's On The Road, which also contains descriptions of wild tenormen jamming in Los Angeles. Cherokee, Byas a Drink, and Disorder at the Border are other live recordings of the Gray/Gordon duo from the same concert as The Hunt. In December 1947, Gordon recorded again with the Savoy label (Settin' the Pace, So Easy, Dexter's Riff, Dextrose, Dexter's Mood, Index, Dextivity, Wee Dot, Lion Roars). Through the mid-to-late 1940s he continued to work as a sideman on sessions led by Russell Jacquet, Benny Carter, Ben Webster, Ralph Burns, Jimmy Rushing, Helen Humes, Gerry Mulligan, Wynonie Harris, Leo Parker, and Tadd Dameron. The 1950s[edit] During the 1950s, Gordon's recorded output and live appearances declined as heroin addiction and legal troubles took their toll. Gordon made a concert appearance with Wardell Gray in February 1952 (The Chase, The Steeplechase, Take the A Train, Robbins Nest, Stardust) and appeared as a sideman in a session led by Gray in June 1952 (The Rubiyat, Jungle Jungle Jump, Citizen's Bop, My Kinda Love) After an incarceration at Chino Prison
Chino Prison
during 1953-55, he recorded the albums Daddy Plays the Horn and Dexter Blows Hot and Cool in 1955 and played as a sideman on the Stan Levey album, This Time the Drum's on Me. The latter part of the decade saw him in and out of prison until his final release from Folsom Prison in 1959. He was one of the initial sax players for the Onzy Matthews
Onzy Matthews
big band in 1959, along with Curtis Amy. Gordon continued to champion Matthews' band after he left Los Angeles
Los Angeles
for New York, but left for Europe before getting a chance to record with that band. He recorded The Resurgence of Dexter Gordon in 1960. His recordings from the mid-1950s onward document a meander into a smooth West Coast style that lacked the impact of his bebop era recordings or his subsequent Blue Note recordings. The decade saw Gordon's first entry into the world of drama. He appeared as a member (uncredited) of Art Hazzard's band in the 1950 film Young Man with a Horn. He appeared in an uncredited and overdubbed role as a member of a prison band in the movie Unchained, filmed inside Chino. Gordon was a saxophonist performing Freddie Redd's music for the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
production of Jack Gelber's play The Connection in 1960, replacing Jackie McLean. He contributed two compositions, Ernie's Tune and I Want More to the score and later recorded them for his album Dexter Calling. New York renaissance[edit] Gordon signed to Blue Note Records
Blue Note Records
in 1961. He initially commuted from Los Angeles
Los Angeles
to New York to record, but took up residence when he regained the cabaret card that allowed him to perform where alcohol was served. The Jazz
Jazz
Gallery hosted his first New York performance in twelve years. The Blue Note association was to produce a steady flow of albums for several years, some of which gained iconic status. His New York renaissance was marked by Doin' Allright, Dexter Calling..., Go!, and A Swingin' Affair. The first two were recorded over three days in May 1961 with Freddie Hubbard, Horace Parlan, Kenny Drew, Paul Chambers, George Tucker, Al Harewood, and Philly Joe Jones. The last two were recorded in August 1962, with a rhythm section that featured Blue Note regulars Sonny Clark, Butch Warren
Butch Warren
and Billy Higgins. Of the two Go! was an expressed favorite.[5] The albums showed his assimilation of the hard bop and modal styles that had developed during his years on the west coast, and the influence of John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, whom he had influenced before. The stay in New York turned out to be short lived, as Gordon got offers for engagements in England, then Europe, that resulted in a fourteen-year stay. Soon after recording A Swingin' Affair, he was gone. Years in Europe[edit] Over the next 14 years in Europe, living mainly in Paris
Paris
and Copenhagen, Gordon played regularly with fellow expatriates or visiting players, such as Bud Powell, Ben Webster, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Kenny Drew, Horace Parlan and Billy Higgins. Blue Note's German-born Francis Wolff supervised Gordon's later sessions for the label on his visits to Europe. The pairing of Gordon with Drew turned out to be one of the classic matchups between a horn player and a pianist, much like Miles Davis
Miles Davis
with Red Garland
Red Garland
or John Coltrane with McCoy Tyner. From this period come Our Man in Paris, One Flight Up, Gettin' Around, and Clubhouse. Our Man in Paris
Paris
was a Blue Note session recorded in Paris
Paris
in 1963 with a quartet including pianist Powell, drummer Kenny Clarke, and French bassist Pierre Michelot. One Flight Up, recorded in Paris
Paris
in 1964 with trumpeter Donald Byrd, pianist Kenny Drew, drummer Art Taylor, and Danish bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, features an extended solo by Gordon on the track "Tanya". Gordon also visited the US occasionally for further recording dates. Gettin' Around
Gettin' Around
was recorded for Blue Note during a visit in May 1965, as was the album Clubhouse which remained unreleased until 1979. Gordon found Europe in the 1960s a much easier place to live, saying that he experienced less racism and greater respect for jazz musicians. He also stated that on his visits to the US in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he found the political and social strife disturbing.[6] While in Copenhagen, Gordon and Drew's trio appeared onscreen[7] in Ole Ege's theatrically released hardcore pornographic film Pornografi (1971), for which they composed and performed the score.[8] He switched from Blue Note to Prestige Records
Prestige Records
(1965–73) but stayed very much in the hard-bop idiom, making classic bop albums like The Tower of Power! and More Power!
More Power!
(1969) with James Moody, Barry Harris, Buster Williams, and Albert "Tootie" Heath; The Panther!
The Panther!
(1970) with Tommy Flanagan, Larry Ridley, and Alan Dawson; The Jumpin' Blues (1970) with Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones, and Roy Brooks; The Chase!(1970) with Gene Ammons, Jodie Christian, John Young, Cleveland Easton, Rufus Reid, Wilbur Campbell, Steve McCall, and Vi Redd; and Tangerine (1972) with Thad Jones, Freddie Hubbard, and Hank Jones. Some of the Prestige albums were recorded during visits back to North America while he was still living in Europe; others were made in Europe, including live sets from the Montreux Jazz
Jazz
Festival. In addition to the recordings Gordon did under his major label contracts, live recordings by European labels and live video from his European period are available. The Danish label Steeplechase released live dates from his mid-1960s tenure at the Montmartre Jazzhus. The video was released under the Jazz
Jazz
Icons series. Less well known than the Blue Note albums, but of similar quality, are the albums he recorded during the 1970s for the Danish label SteepleChase
SteepleChase
(Something Different, Bouncin' With Dex, Biting the Apple, The Apartment, Stable Mable, The Shadow of Your Smile and others). They again feature American sidemen, but also such Europeans as Spanish pianist Tete Montoliu
Tete Montoliu
and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen. Homecoming[edit]

At the 1980 Edison Award, Amsterdam

Gordon finally returned to the United States for good in 1976. He appeared with Woody Shaw, Ronnie Mathews, Stafford James, and Louis Hayes, for a gig at the Village Vanguard
Village Vanguard
in New York that was dubbed his "homecoming." It was recorded and released by Columbia Records under that title. He noted: "There was so much love and elation; sometimes it was a little eerie at the Vanguard. After the last set they'd turn on the lights and nobody would move."[citation needed] In addition to the Homecoming album, a series of live albums was released by Blue Note from his stands at Keystone Corner in San Francisco during 1978 and 1979. They featured Gordon, George Cables, Rufus Reid, and Eddie Gladden. He recorded the studio albums Sophisticated Giant with an eleven piece big band in 1977 and Manhattan Symphonie with the Live at Keystone Corner crew in 1978. The sensation of Gordon's return, renewed promotion of the classic jazz catalogs of the Savoy and Blue Note record labels, and the continued efforts of Art Blakey through 1970s and early 1980s, have been credited with reviving interest in swinging, melodic, acoustically-based classic jazz sounds after the Fusion jazz
Fusion jazz
era that saw an emphasis on electronic sounds and contemporary pop influences. Musician Emeritus[edit] In 1978 and 1980, Gordon was the Down Beat
Down Beat
Musician of the Year and in 1980 he was inducted into the Jazz
Jazz
Hall of Fame. The US Government honored him with a Congressional Commendation, a Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
Day in Washington DC, and a National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
award for Lifetime Achievement. In 1986, he was named a member and officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters
French Order of Arts and Letters
by the Ministry of Culture in France. During the 1980s, Gordon was weakened by emphysema. He remained a popular attraction at concerts and festivals, although his live appearances and recording dates would soon become infrequent. Gordon's most memorable works from the decade were not in music but in film. He starred in the 1986 movie Round Midnight as "Dale Turner", an expatriate jazz musician in Paris
Paris
during the late 1950s based loosely on Lester Young
Lester Young
and Bud Powell. That portrayal earned him a nomination for an Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actor. In addition, he had a non-speaking role in the 1990 film Awakenings, which was posthumously released. Before that last film was released he made a guest appearance on the Michael Mann series Crime Story. Soundtrack performances from Round Midnight were released as the albums Round Midnight and The Other Side of Round Midnight, featuring original music by Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
as well as playing by Gordon. The latter was the last recording released under Gordon's name. He was a sideman on Tony Bennett's 1987 album, Berlin. Gordon died of kidney failure and cancer of the larynx in Philadelphia, on April 25, 1990, at the age of 67. Family[edit] Gordon's maternal grandfather was Captain Edward L. Baker, who received the Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor
during the Spanish–American War, while serving with the 10th Cavalry Regiment (also known as the Buffalo Soldiers). Gordon's father, Dr. Frank Gordon, M.D., was one of the first prominent African-American physicians and a graduate of Howard University. Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
had a total of five children, from the oldest to the youngest: Robin Gordon (Los Angeles),California, Deidre (Dee Dee) Gordon (Los Angeles), Mikael Gordon-Solfors (Stockholm), Morten Gordon (Copenhagen) and Benjamin Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
(Copenhagen), and five grandchildren, Raina Moore Trider (Brooklyn), Jared Johnson (Los Angeles), and Matthew Johnson (Los Angeles), Dexter (Copenhagen), Dexter Gordon-Marberger (Stockholm). When he lived in Denmark, Gordon became friends with the family of the future Metallica
Metallica
drummer Lars Ulrich, and subsequently became Lars's godfather.[9] Gordon was also survived by his widow Fenja Gordon and his former manager-producer Maxine Gordon and her son Woody Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
Shaw III. Instruments[edit] The earliest photographs of Gordon as a player show him with a Conn 30M "Connqueror" and an Otto Link mouthpiece. In a 1962 interview with the British journalist Les Tomkins, he did not refer to the specific model of mouthpiece but stated that it was made for him personally. He stated that it was stolen around 1952.[2] The famous smoke break photo from 1948 shows him with a Conn 10M and a Dukoff mouthpiece, which he played until 1965. In the Tomkins interview he referred to it as a medium-chambered piece with a #5* (.080" under the Dukoff system) tip opening. He bought a Selmer Mark VI
Selmer Mark VI
from Ben Webster
Ben Webster
after his 10M went missing in transit. In a Down Beat
Down Beat
magazine interview from 1977, he referred to his current mouthpiece as an Otto Link with a #8 (.110" under the Otto Link system) tip opening.[6] Discography[edit]

Dexter Rides Again
Dexter Rides Again
(1947 78 album; Savoy MG 12130, 1992; SV-120, 2010) The Hunt with Wardell Gray (1947 78 album; Savoy SJL 2222, 1976) Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
– The Chase with Wardell Gray (Dial Records, 1947, re-released as Spotlite (E) SPJ 130) Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
– Move! (Dial Records, 1947, re-released as Spotlite (E) SPJ 133) The Duel with Teddy Edwards
Teddy Edwards
(Dial, Spotlite, 1947) Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
On Dial, The Complete Sessions – The Chase (compilation, Spotlite (E) SPJ 130 CD) Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
– Long Tall Dexter (Savoy SJL 2211, 1976, compilation of 1940s Savoy tracks, previously released and unreleased) Dexter Gordon: Settin' the Pace (Savoy SVY 17027, compilation of 1940s Savoy studio tracks, including alternate takes) Dexter's Mood (Cool & Blue [Switzerland] C&B CD-114, 1994, compilation of Dial and Savoy studio tracks) The Wardell Gray Memorial, Volume 2 (live jam, Move) (Prestige, PRLP 7009, 1983; CD, OJC 051, 1992) The Chase and The Steeplechase, with Wardell Gray, Paul Quinichette (1952, Decca; Universal Distribution CD 9061, 2003) Daddy Plays the Horn (Bethlehem 1955) Dexter Blows Hot and Cool (Dootone 1955) The Resurgence of Dexter Gordon
The Resurgence of Dexter Gordon
(Jazzland, 1960) Doin' Allright
Doin' Allright
(Blue Note, 1961) Dexter Calling...
Dexter Calling...
(Blue Note, 1961) Landslide (Blue Note, 1962) (issued 1980) Go! (Blue Note 1962) A Swingin' Affair
A Swingin' Affair
(Blue Note, 1962) Our Man in Paris
Paris
(Blue Note, 1963, with Bud Powell, Pierre Michelot, Kenny Clarke) One Flight Up
One Flight Up
(Blue Note, 1964) – Blue Note Cheese Cake (SteepleChase, 1979 [1964]) King Neptune (SteepleChase, 1979 [1964]) I Want More (SteepleChase, 1980 [1964]) Love for Sale (SteepleChase, 1982 [1964]) It's You or No One (SteepleChase, 1983 [1964]) Billie's Bounce (SteepleChase, 1983 [1964]) Gettin' Around
Gettin' Around
(Blue Note 1965) Clubhouse (Blue Note, 1979 [1965]) Wee Dot
Wee Dot
(SteepleChase, 1965 [2003]) Loose Walk (SteepleChase, 2004 [1965]) Misty (SteepleChase, 2004 [1965]) Heartaches (SteepleChase, 2004 [1965]) Ladybird (SteepleChase, 2005 [1965]) Stella by Starlight (SteepleChase, 2005 [1966]) The Squirrel (Blue Note, 2001 [1967]) Both Sides of Midnight
Both Sides of Midnight
(Black Lion, 1988 [1967]) Body and Soul (Black Lion, 1988 [1967]) Take The "A" Train (Black Lion, 1989 [1967]) After Hours (SteepleChase, 1986, [1969]) After Midnight (SteepleChase, 1986, [1969]) Live at the Amsterdam Paradiso (Catfish, 1971 [1969]) A Day in Copenhagen
Copenhagen
(MPS, 1969) – with Slide Hampton The Tower of Power!
The Tower of Power!
(Prestige, 1969) – with James Moody More Power!
More Power!
(Prestige, 1969) L.T.D. Live At The Left Bank (Prestige, 2001 [1969]) XXL Live At The Left Bank (Prestige, 2002 [1969]) Some Other Spring
Some Other Spring
(Sonet, 1970) – with Karin Krog Dexter Gordon with Junior Mance at Montreux
Dexter Gordon with Junior Mance at Montreux
(Prestige, 1970, with Junior Mance) The Panther!
The Panther!
(Prestige, 1970, with Tommy Flanagan
Tommy Flanagan
and Alan Dawson. Prestige Records) The Chase!
The Chase!
(Prestige, 1970, with Gene Ammons) The Jumpin' Blues
The Jumpin' Blues
(Prestige, 1970, with Wynton Kelly) Those Were The Days (Moon, 1995 [1967–71]) Tangerine (Prestige, 1975 [1972]) Ca'Purange
Ca'Purange
(Prestige, 1972, with Thad Jones, Hank Jones, Stanley Clarke and Louis Hayes) Generation (Prestige, 1972, with Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton
Cedar Walton
and others) Afterhours/The Great Pescara Jam Sessions Vol 1&2 (Ports Song, 1973, with Eric Ineke) Blues à la Suisse
Blues à la Suisse
(Prestige, 1973) The Apartment (SteepleChase, 1974) The Rainbow People (Steeplechase, 2002 [1974], with Benny Bailey Round Midnight (SteepleChase, 1991 [1974], with Benny Bailey) Revelation (SteepleChase, 1995 [1974], with Benny Bailey) More Than You Know (SteepleChase, 1975) with Orchestra arranged and conducted by Palle Mikkelborg Stable Mable
Stable Mable
(SteepleChase, 1975) Something Different (SteepleChase, 1975) Bouncin' with Dex
Bouncin' with Dex
(SteepleChase, 1975) Swiss Nights Vol. 1
Swiss Nights Vol. 1
(SteepleChase, 1976 [1975]) Swiss Nights Vol. 2
Swiss Nights Vol. 2
(SteepleChase, 1978 [1975]) Swiss Nights Vol. 3
Swiss Nights Vol. 3
(SteepleChase, 1979 [1975]) Lullaby for a Monster
Lullaby for a Monster
(SteepleChase, 1981 [1976]) True Blue (Xanadu, 1976, with Al Cohn) Silver Blue (Xanadu, 1976, with Al Cohn) Biting the Apple
Biting the Apple
(SteepleChase, 1976) Homecoming, Live at the Village Vanguard
Village Vanguard
(Columbia, 1976, with Woody Shaw, Ronnie Mathews, Stafford James, Louis Hayes) Sophisticated Giant (Columbia, 1977, with 11-piece big-band including Woody Shaw, Slide Hampton, Bobby Hutcherson) Manhattan Symphonie (Columbia, 1978, with Rufus Reid – bass, Eddie Gladden – percussion, and George Cables
George Cables
– keyboard) Live at Carnegie Hall (Columbia, 1998 [1978], 2 tracks with Johnny Griffin) North Sea Jazz
Jazz
Legendary Concerts (North Sea Jazz, 1979) Nights at the Keystone, Volumes 1-4 (1979, Blue Note; CD release 1990) Gotham City (Columbia, 1980, with Woody Shaw, Cedar Walton, George Benson, Percy Heath, Art Blakey) American Classic (Elektra, 1982, featuring Grover Washington Jr.
Grover Washington Jr.
and Shirley Scott) The Other Side of Round Midnight (Blue Note, 1986)

As sideman[edit] With Rob Agerbeek

All Souls (Dexterity, 1972, with Eric Ineke
Eric Ineke
and others)

With Gene Ammons

The Chase!
The Chase!
(Prestige, 1970) Gene Ammons
Gene Ammons
and Friends at Montreux (Prestige, 1973)

With Louis Armstrong

Dexter Gordon, Vol. 1 Young Dex 1941-1944 (Masters Of Jazz
Jazz
MJCD 112) Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
And His Orchestra 1944-1945 (Blue Ace BA 3603) Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
And His Orchestra (AFRS One Night Stand 240) (V-Disc, 1944) Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
And His Orchestra (AFRS One Night Stand 253) (V-Disc, 1944) Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
And His Orchestra (AFRS One Night Stand 267) (V-Disc, 1944) Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
New Orleans Masters, Vol. 2 (Swing House (E) SWH 44) Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
And His Orchestra (AFRS Spotlight Bands 382) (V-Disc, 1944) Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
– Chronological Study (MCA Decca 3063 72) Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
And His Orchestra (AFRS Spotlight Bands 444) (V-Disc, 1944) Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
And His Orchestra (AFRS Spotlight Bands 465) (V-Disc, 1944) Various Artists, Louis, Pops And Tram (IAJRC 21) (off V-Disc, 1944) Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
Armed Forces Radio Service 1943/44 (Duke (It) D 1021)

With Tony Bennett

Berlin (Columbia, 1987)

With Ralph Burns

Various Artists – OKeh Jazz
Jazz
(Epic EG 37315)

With Benny Carter

The Fabulous Benny Carter
Benny Carter
(1946, Audio Lab AL 1505) Benny Carter
Benny Carter
And His Orchestra (AFRS Jubilee 246) (V-Disc, 1947) Various Artists – Jazz
Jazz
Off The Air, Vol. 3 (Spotlite (E) SPJ 147) (off V-Disc
V-Disc
1947)

With Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
Meets The Master Saxes 1943 (Phoenix Jazz
Jazz
LP 5)

With Tadd Dameron

Tadd Dameron/Babs Gonzales/ Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
– Capitol Jazz
Jazz
Classics, Vol. 13: Strictly Bebop
Bebop
(Capitol M 11059)

With Billy Eckstine

The Chronological Billy Eckstine
Billy Eckstine
and His Orchestra, 1944-1945 (CD, Classic Records [France], 1997) Billy Eckstine, The Legendary Big Band (SVY 17125)

With Booker Ervin

Setting the Pace
Setting the Pace
(Prestige, 1965)

With Lowell Fulson

Lowell Fulson
Lowell Fulson
(Swing Time 320)

With Dizzy Gillespie

Dexter Gordon, Vol. 2 Young Dex 1944-1946 (Masters Of Jazz
Jazz
MJCD 128) Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
– Groovin' High (Savoy MG 12020, 1992; SV 152, 2010)

With Lionel Hampton

Dexter Gordon, Vol. 1 Young Dex 1941-1944 (Masters Of Jazz
Jazz
MJCD 112) Lionel Hampton, Vol. 1: 1941-1942 (Coral (G) COPS 7185) Decca Jazz
Jazz
Heritage Series DL-79244

With Herbie Hancock

Takin' Off
Takin' Off
(Blue Note, 1962) Round Midnight (1986), Columbia Records

With Wynonie Harris

Wynonie Harris
Wynonie Harris
– Love Is Like Rain / Your Money Don't Mean A Thing (Come Live With Me Baby) (King 4217)

With Fletcher Henderson

Fletcher Henderson
Fletcher Henderson
And His Orchestra (AFRS Jubilee 76), (V-Disc, 1944) Fletcher Henderson
Fletcher Henderson
And His Orchestra (AFRS Jubilee 77), (V-Disc, 1944)

With Helen Humes

Various Artists – Black California
California
(Savoy SJL 2215) Helen Humes
Helen Humes
– Be-Baba-Leba 1942-52 (Whiskey, Women And... Gene Norman "Just Jazz" concert, February 2, 1952, KM 701) Helen Humes
Helen Humes
– New Million Dollar Secret (Whiskey, Women And... Gene Norman "Just Jazz" concert, February 2, 1952, KM 707)

With Philly Joe Jones

Philly Mignon
Philly Mignon
(Galaxy, 1977)

with Stan Levey

Stan Levey – This Time The Drum's On Me (Bethlehem BCP 37)

With Jackie McLean

The Meeting (SteepleChase, 1974) The Source (SteepleChase, 1974)

With Gerry Mulligan

Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan
– Capitol Jazz
Jazz
Classics, Vol. 4: Walking Shoes (Capitol M 11029) Classic Capitol Jazz
Jazz
Sessions (Mosaic MQ19-170)

With Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
– Every Bit Of It 1945 (Spotlite (E) SPJ 150D)

With Leo Parker

The Be Bop Boys (Savoy SJL 2225) Leo Parker
Leo Parker
– Birth Of Bop, Vol. 1 (Savoy XP 8060)

With Pony Poindexter

Pony's Express
Pony's Express
(Epic, 1962) Stella By Starlight (co leader) ( SteepleChase
SteepleChase
1966)

With Jimmy Rushing

Jimmy Rushing/Don Redman/Russell Jacquet/Joe Thomas – Big Little Bands (1946, Onyx ORI 220) Black California, Vol. 2: Anthology (1946, Savoy SJL 2242)

With Les Thompson

Les Thompson – Gene Norman Presents Just Jazz
Jazz
(RCA Victor LPM 3102)

With Ben Webster

Ben Webster
Ben Webster
Nonet (1945, Jazz
Jazz
Archives JA 35)

In popular culture[edit] The narrator of the Stephen King
Stephen King
short story "The Breathing Method", published in Different Seasons
Different Seasons
(1982), mentions that he is a fan of Gordon's. See also[edit]

Biography portal

Edward L. Baker, Jr.
Edward L. Baker, Jr.
(grandfather) Lars Ulrich
Lars Ulrich
(godson) Hard bop

References[edit]

^ Dexter Gordon: The Tenor of Power by Alex Henderson, THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD February 2016 - retrieved August 7, 2017 ^ a b " Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
interview with Les Tomkins, 1962".  ^ "Biography". DEXTERGORDON.COM. Archived from the original on 2015-04-14. Retrieved 2015-08-28.  ^ Joop Visser, essay booklet with Settin' the Pace, Proper box set. ^ "Biography". DEXTERGORDON.COM. Archived from the original on 2015-04-14. Retrieved 2016-06-22.  ^ a b " Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
interview with Chuck Berg, Downbeat Magazine, 1977".  ^ " Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
& Kenny Drew
Kenny Drew
– Pornography A Musical (1971) OST", YouTube video. ^ David Meeker," Jazz
Jazz
on the Screen – A jazz and blues filmography", Library of Congress, Performing Arts Encyclopedia. ^ Joel McIver, Justice for All: The Truth about Metallica, Omnibus Press, 2004.

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Dexter Gordon

1940s

The Hunt w/ Wardell Gray (1947) The Chase w/ Wardell Gray (1947) The Duel w/ Teddy Edwards
Teddy Edwards
(1947)

1950s

Dexter Rides Again
Dexter Rides Again
(1950) Daddy Plays the Horn (1955) Dexter Blows Hot and Cool (1955)

1960s

The Resurgence of Dexter Gordon
The Resurgence of Dexter Gordon
(1960) Doin' Allright
Doin' Allright
(1961) Dexter Calling...
Dexter Calling...
(1961) Go! (1962) A Swingin' Affair
A Swingin' Affair
(1962) Our Man in Paris
Paris
(1963) One Flight Up
One Flight Up
(1964) King Neptune (1964) Clubhouse (1965) Gettin' Around
Gettin' Around
(1965) Setting the Pace
Setting the Pace
w/ Booker Ervin
Booker Ervin
(1965) The Squirrel: Live at Montmartre (1967) Take the "A" Train (1967) A Day in Copenhagen
Copenhagen
w/ Slide Hampton
Slide Hampton
(1969) The Tower of Power!
The Tower of Power!
(1969) More Power!
More Power!
(1969)

1970s

Some Other Spring
Some Other Spring
w/ Karin Krog
Karin Krog
(1970) Dexter Gordon with Junior Mance at Montreux
Dexter Gordon with Junior Mance at Montreux
w/ Junior Mance
Junior Mance
(1970) The Panther!
The Panther!
(1970) The Chase!
The Chase!
w/ Gene Ammons
Gene Ammons
(1970) The Jumpin' Blues
The Jumpin' Blues
(1970) Ca'Purange
Ca'Purange
(1972) Tangerine (1972) Generation (1972) All Souls (1972) The Apartment (1974) Something Different (1975) Bouncin' with Dex
Bouncin' with Dex
(1975) Swiss Nights Vol. 1-3 (1975) Homecoming: Live at the Village Vanguard
Village Vanguard
(1976) True Blue w/ Al Cohn
Al Cohn
(1976) Silver Blue w/ Al Cohn
Al Cohn
(1976) Biting The Apple (1976) Sophisticated Giant (1977) Manhattan Symphonie (1978)

1980s

Gotham City (1980) American Classic (1982) Round Midnight (1986) The Other Side of Round Midnight (1986)

1990s and 2000s

Live at Carnegie Hall (1998) The Rainbow People w/ Benny Bailey
Benny Bailey
(2002)

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David di Donatello
David di Donatello
Award for Best Foreign Actor

Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1957) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
/ Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
(1958) Jean Gabin
Jean Gabin
(1959) Cary Grant
Cary Grant
(1960) Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
(1961) Anthony Perkins
Anthony Perkins
/ Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1962) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1963) Fredric March
Fredric March
/ Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1964) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1965) Richard Burton
Richard Burton
(1966) Richard Burton
Richard Burton
/ Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1967) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
/ Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1968) Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
(1969) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
/ Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1970) Ryan O'Neal
Ryan O'Neal
(1971) Chaim Topol
Chaim Topol
(1972) Yves Montand
Yves Montand
/ Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1973) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
/ Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(1974) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
/ Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
/ Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1975) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
/ Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret
(1976) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
/ Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
(1977) Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
(1978) Richard Gere
Richard Gere
/ Michel Serrault
Michel Serrault
(1979) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
/ Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1980) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1981) Klaus Maria Brandauer
Klaus Maria Brandauer
(1982) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1983) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1984) Tom Hulce
Tom Hulce
(1985) William Hurt
William Hurt
(1986) Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
(1987) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1988) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1989) Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret
(1990) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1991) John Turturro
John Turturro
(1992) Daniel Auteuil
Daniel Auteuil
(1993) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1994) John Travolta
John Travolta
(1995) Harvey Keitel
Harvey Keitel
(1996)

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