Dexter Gordon: Love for Sale


Love for Sale


Dexter Gordon (tenor sax)


Go! (Blue Note 98794)

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

Composed by Cole Porter


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 27, 1962


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

The man called “Long Tall Dexter” possessed a tone as striking and unforgettable as his 6’5” frame. He commanded the tenor saxophone; once his robust, metallic, authoritative tone is heard, listeners will know exactly what the instrument is supposed to sound like. Gordon’s swing is remarkable. His time is rock-solid—consistently behind the beat but never sluggish. His self-assured yet understated take on the head of “Love for Sale” and melodically inventive, long-phrased improvisation prove him to be the master bebop tenorman. This performance also demonstrates how he inspired and influenced all of those who unjustly overshadowed him in the 1960s. Essential to any collection.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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