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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. Gordon's height was 6 feet 6 inches (198 cm), so he was also known as "Long Tall Dexter" and "Sophisticated Giant". His studio and live performance career spanned over 40 years. Gordon's sound was commonly characterized as being "large" and spacious and he had a tendency to play behind the beat. He was famous for humorously inserting musical quotes into his solos. One of his major influences was Lester Young. Gordon, in turn, was an early influence on John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. Rollins and Coltrane, in turn, influenced Gordon's playing as he explored hard bop and modal playing during the 1960s. Gordon was known for his genial and humorous stage presence. He was an advocate of playing to communicate with the audience. One of his...

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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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