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Sax Gordon

Sax Gordon

If the folks at Delmark Records ever plan to do a modern day updating of that great two-volume compilation they put out a few years back, Honkers & Bar Walkers, they should definitely give Sax Gordon a call. This 32-year-old tenor player (a.k.a. Gordon Beadle) is cut from the same cloth as his honkin’ heroes: Al Sears, Ike Quebec, Gene Ammons, Arnett Cobb, Red Prysock, Big Jay McNeely and a long list of other blustery, big-toned tenor shouters.

On Have Horn Will Travel, Beadle’s Bullseye Blues debut as a leader, the sax tones are raw, rippin’ and rockin’. From jumping originals like “For Whom The Horn Honks” (inspired by Sil Austin) to covers of Bill Doggett’s “Squashy,” Gene Ammons’ “The Last Mile” and Jackie Gleason’s “Melancholy Serenade,” this young sax man is steeped in an old tradition.

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