Dexter Gordon

Gordon 2Tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon (1923-1990) started his career in Los Angeles in the early 1940’s. He was a product of what was referred to as the Central Avenue jazz scene. His first important job was playing with the Lionel Hampton band in the early 1940s and by 1944 he was performing with the bebop incubator known as the Billy Eckstine Orchestra. His early influences on the saxophone include Lester Young, Don Byas, and Charlie Parker. Dexter was one of the first true bebop tenor players and set the standard for the instrument throughout the 1940’s and early 1950’s.

Dexter Gordon - Episode 1

The recordings on this podcast include his important 1947 records made in Los Angeles and New York.
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
For Regulars OnlyDexter GordonDoin' Allright1961
Every TubLester Young and Count Basie1938
I Got RhythmDon Byas and Slam Stewart1945
KokoCharlie Parker and the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet1945
Chase, Part 1 & 2Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray1947
BikiniDexter Gordon Quartet1947
DextroseDexter Gordon Quintet1947

Dexter Gordon - Episode 2

By the early 1950’s Dexter Gordon’s sound and improvisational style made him one of the most recognizable saxophonists in jazz. His approach to playing has influenced generations of tenor saxophone players including people like John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Stan Getz. This podcast will feature many of his most memorable Blue Note classic recordings from the early 1960’s and some from the 1970’s. Pay particular attention to the two versions of “Body and Soul.”
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
CheesecakeDexter GordonGo! 1962
I Hear MusicDexter GordonDexter Blows Hot and Cold1955
For Regulars OnlyDexter GordonDoin' Allright1961
It's You or No OneDexter Gordon Doin' Allright1961
I Was Doing All RightDexter GordonDoin' Allright1961
Love for SaleDexter GordonGo!1962
Body and SoulDexter Gordon The Panther1970
Body and SoulDexter GordonBallads1978
Wee DotDexter Gordon and Gene AmmonsChase1970