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Dexter Gordon (February 27, 1923 – April 25, 1990) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He was among the earliest tenor players to adapt the bebop musical language of people such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bud Powell to the instrument. His studio and live performance career spanned over 40 years.Gordon's height was 6 feet 6 inches (198 cm), so he was also known as "Long Tall Dexter" and "Sophisticated Giant". He played a Conn 10M Lady Face until 1964. He lost the instrument in a Paris hotel and then switched over to a Selmer Mark VI. His saxophone, seen in various photos, was fitted with an Otto Link metal mouthpiece.In 1986, Dexter Gordon was named a member and officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters by the Ministry of Culture in France. His performance in Round Midnight (Warner Bros, 1986) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Leading Role and he won a Grammy for Best Soundtrack. On April 25, 1990, Dexter Gordon died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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  • The Tower of Power!, 1991
  • The Panther!
  • Biting the Apple
  • Great Encounters, 1978
  • Montmartre Summit 1973, 1995
  • Dexter Blows
  • Stable Mable, 1975
  • Jazz West Coast Live / Hollywood Jazz Vol.1, 1992
  • One Flight Up, 1964
  • The Real Thing Happened To Me, 1945
  • The Complete Prestige Recordings, 2004
  • Both Sides of Midnight
  • Autumn in New York, 1995
  • Swiss Nights, Volume 1, 1994
  • The Savoy Recordings - Part 2, 2010
  • The Source, Volume 2
  • The Resurgence of Dexter Gordon, 1997
  • Ca' Purange, 2007
  • Clubhouse
  • Dexter Gordon at Montreaux (with Junior Mance), 1987
  • Gettin' Around, 1965
  • The Sound of Jazz, 1988
  • Settin' the Pace
  • The Complete Dial Sessions, 1947, 1995
  • Our Man in Paris, 1963
  • Ladybird
  • Some Other Spring: Blues and Ballads, 2000
  • The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes, 1999
  • Sophisticated Giant, 1997
  • Daddy Plays the Horn, 2000
  • The Meeting, Volume 1
  • Ballads, 1991
  • Misty, 2004
  • Go, 2013
  • Mosaic Select, 2005
  • Swiss Nights, Volume 2, 1994
  • The Chase and the Steeplechase, 2005
  • Tangerine
  • Dexter Digs In: The Young Dexter Gordon, 2005
  • The Other Side of Round Midnight, 1987
  • The Chronological Classics: Dexter Gordon 1943-1947, 1998
  • More Than You Know, 1994
  • Cry Me a River, 1994
  • at Montreaux (with Junior Mance)
  • Dexter Rides Again, 1996
  • Live at the Amsterdam Paradiso, 1999
  • The Complete Blue Note Sixties Sessions, 1996
  • The Montmartre Collection Vol. 1, 1981
  • The Art of the Ballad, 1998
  • Parliament Jazz: Lionel Hampton With Dexter Gordon
  • Cheese Cake
  • King Neptune, 1995
  • Doin' Allright, 1961
  • Live at Carnegie Hall
  • Bouncin' with Dex, 1991
  • Dexter Calling...
  • The Jumpin' Blues
  • Go!, 2010
  • A Day in Copenhagen
  • Jazz Profile, 1998
  • Blues Walk! The Montmartre Collection Vol. II, 1974
  • Dexter Blows Hot and Cool, 1987
  • Gotham City
  • Swiss Nights, Volume 3, 1994
  • Come Rain or Come Shine, 1996
  • For All We Know
  • Landslide, 1980
  • Generation, 1998
  • Music for Lovers, 2006
  • The Savoy Recordings - Part 1, 2010
  • Dexterity (disc 2)
  • Blue Note TSF, 2010
  • A Swingin' Affair, 2006
  • The Shadow of Your Smile, 1996
  • Heartache: Live Montmatre Jazzhouse 1965
  • The Best of Dexter Gordon, 1988
  • The Chase, 1996
  • Dexter Gordon, 1997
  • The Classic Blue Note Recordings, 2003
  • In A Soulful Mood, 2000
  • American Classic, 1982
  • Homecoming: Live at the Village Vanguard, 1990
  • 'Round Midnight - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 2002
  • The Apartment, 1976
  • The Chronological Classics: Dexter Gordon 1947-1952, 2003
  • Take the 'A' Train, 2000
  • Manhattan Symphonie, 2005
  • More Power!, 1997
  • True Blue
  • Bopland

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On Apr 16, 2010. 3:41pm
Rich A H said

I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry. Pure genius

On Apr 1, 2011. 10:17pm
mel said

The Hunt, I dont stand a ghost of a chance with you, two of my favourites. A great musician.

On Apr 14, 2011. 10:52am
Christopher Lynch said

I just love cool Dexter's big, growly tenor sound. Furthermore, I still enjoy re-watching him in the terrific jazz movie "Round Midnight".

On Dec 30, 2011. 1:10pm

I love Dexter, I prefer him to Miles Davis... it's true. One of the best legends of Jazz.

On Dec 30, 2011. 2:00pm

Always a pleasure to listen to "Long Tall Dexter"

On Dec 31, 2011. 4:51pm

I love all the different types of tempos Dexter players, quick in albums like Dexter Digs In or slow in albums like The Complete Blue Notes Sixties Sessions. Though no matter what tempo it is allergro, largo there is still that amazing sound the sax that only the orignal Dexter Gordon can play so well. He can take the sax and create some amazing piece all the time.

On Feb 25, 2013. 2:56am
PatMatt said

There was a great album, The Apartment, wasn't there? I don't see it in the discography.

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