Dexter Gordon: 'Round Midnight


'Round Midnight


Dexter Gordon (tenor sax)


Homecoming: Live At The Village Vanguard (Columbia 34650)

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Dexter Gordon (tenor sax), Woody Shaw (trumpet), Stafford James (bass), Louis Hayes (drums), Ronnie Matthews (piano).

Composed by Thelonious Monk


Recorded: Village Vanguard, New York City, December 11-12, 1976


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Due in large part to the concluding chapter of Ken Burnsís engaging yet contentious documentary Jazz, the return of Dexter Gordon to the United States (after 14 years of living in Europe) has gradually become an iconic moment in the history of modern jazz. While there has always been brilliant jazz being performed since the musicís creation nearly a century ago, the late 1970s may have been a time when many jazz fans were nostalgic for the bebop and post-bop giants who had dominated the jazz clubs in decades past. Dexter Gordonís triumphant return set at the Vanguard satiated some of those desires with an exciting set of music backed by Woody Shawís working quartet. Dexter is clearly impacted by his reception and plays especially emotionally and intensely on this Monk classic.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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