Dexter Gordon & Wardell Gray: The Chase
Dexter Gordon & Wardell Gray
Dexter Gordon: The Complete Dial Sessions (Stash B000006N18)
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