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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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On Apr 16, 2010. 2:41pm
Rich A H said

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

On Apr 1, 2011. 9:17pm
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. 9:52am
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. 12:10pm

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

On Dec 30, 2011. 1:00pm

Always a pleasure to listen to "Long Tall Dexter"

On Dec 31, 2011. 3:51pm

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. 1:56am
PatMatt said

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

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