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New Dexter Gordon CD Series; [email protected] Tribute

Nine months after releasing a hefty box of Dexter Gordon, The Complete Trio and Quartet Studio Recordings, Steeplechase Records has announced another, smaller release featuring the long, tall tenorist. The new disc, titled Wee Dot after the J.J. Johnson tune of the same name, is out now and is the first in a Steeplechase series of Dex discs recorded live at Copenhagen’s Montmartre Jazzhus, Gordon’s favorite local club.

Living across the Atlantic at the time, Gordon employed a European band for this June 10, 1965 gig: drummer Finn Frederiksen, bassist Benny Nielsen and pianist

Atli Bjørn. If the following CDs in this series continue to pull from ’65 concerts, we’re in for a treat. Not much Gordon material from that year, or 1966 for that matter, is presently available on silver disc. Here’s the Wee Dot track list:

Take The ‘A’ Train 9:36

Introduction :34

My Melancholy Baby 8:36

Introduction :34

What’s New 11:15

Introduction :38

Wee Dot 14:55

Introduction :41

Second Balcony Jump 1:49

In other Dexter Gordon news, NYC’s Jazz at Lincoln Center will pay tribute to the late saxophonist over three days in early October. Pianist George Cables and bassist Rufus Reid, both former Gordon sidemen who appeared on Dex’s 1977 album Sophisticated Giant, will lead “Music of the Masters: The Music of Dexter Gordon” on October 2-4 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at 65th St. and Broadway in Manhattan. It apparently takes three contemporary tenorists to equal one classic saxman; stepping into Gordon’s shoes for those three nights of music will be Wayne Escoffery, Jimmy Greene and Jerry Weldon. The shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55 and are available at the Alice Tully Hall box office, by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, or via www.jazzatlincolncenter.org.

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