viernes, 5 de febrero de 2010

Dexter GORDON - Doin’ Allright 1961

Dexter GORDON - Doin’ Allright 1961
BLP 4077


Forget the stylized in-session cover art closeup of the jazz man at work eyes clenched shut, lips pursed around a mouthpiece, dim lighting. On the cover of his Blue Note debut Gordon appears perched in a Central Park carriage in a sharp-looking trench coat, one hand on his horn case, the other waving a cigarette, a big grin on his face. Doin' allright, indeed. And compared to some of his labelmates, Gordon was perhaps something of an already-arrived success, having been on the scene for over twenty years by the time of this 1961 recording.
The confidence one would expect therefore, and the sunny disposition implied by the cover, are equally borne out by the music within. Gordon could write, as evidenced by his two fine originals here, For Regulars Only and Society Red, but he enjoyed working with standards as well and made them swing hard. He doubletimes his way through Gershwin's I Was Doing All Right with effortless elegance, and coasts over the StyneCahn tune It's You Or No One with exuberant confidence, buoyed by Al Harewood's cooking cymbal work.
From CD Universe.
Dexter Gordon, tenor saxophone
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
Horace Parlan, piano
George Tucker, bass
Al Harewood, drums
A1. I Was Doing All Right
A2. You've Changed
A3. For Regulars Only
B1. Society Red
B2. It's You Or No One

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