Dexter Gordon: Three O'Clock in the Morning


Three O’Clock In The Morning


Dexter Gordon (tenor sax)


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Dexter Gordon (tenor sax), Sonny Clark (piano), Butch Warren (bass), Billy Higgins (drums).

Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, N.J., August 27, 1962


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Originally a follower of Lester Young, Dexter Gordon emerged in the 1940s as a major bebop tenor saxophonist, becoming himself an influence on succeeding tenorists. Recorded shortly before Gordon began a lengthy residence in Europe, “Three O’clock in the Morning” finds him in great shape, swinging blithely and exhibiting his well-known penchant for playing slightly behind the beat and quoting short phrases from other tunes. The performance also features the excellent pianist Sonny Clark, who died prematurely a few months after the session.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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