Dexter Gordon & Wardell Gray: The Chase


The Chase


Dexter Gordon & Wardell Gray


Dexter Gordon: The Complete Dial Sessions (Stash B000006N18)

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Dexter Gordon (tenor sax), Wardell Gray (tenor sax), Jimmy Bunn (piano), Red Callender (bass),

Chuck Thompson (drums)


Recorded: Hollywood, CA, June 12, 1947


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

Bebop was an East Coast innovation, but much of the early bop tenor sax idiom was developed on the West Coast – shaped by the contributions of Teddy Edwards, Harold Land, Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray and others. “The Chase” offers the best possible introduction to the state of the tenor in the postwar period. This heated battle between Gordon and Gray evokes the late-night jam sessions of Central Avenue. Who wins? The listeners, of course, who are treated to one of the classic jazz match-ups of the era.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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  • 1 Roger Strong // Jun 01, 2009 at 08:09 AM
    Surprised you ranked it so highly.Its good fun and some excelleent material but in the end nothing profound at all. The drummer is pretty awful and one gets the feeling that it could have been even more powerful with if Chuck Thompson had been smoother and not so choppy. Have heard this so many times and its still enjoyable and excellent teor material. Wardell Gray wins but then I think is great. What a waste when he died.