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Dexter Gordon: Satin Doll

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When 45-year-old previously unreleased jazz appears, there is always a story. But Mark Gardner’s gushy liner notes here do a poor job of telling it. You have to do your own research into Dexter Gordon’s biography and discography to piece together the narrative behind Satin Doll.

Gordon, one of the first bop tenor saxophonists, lived in Europe in the 1960s and early 1970s. He was a fixture at the Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen, and many of his gigs were recorded for radio transmission by the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Satin Doll comes from June 29, 1967. In 1997, Blue Note released part of that night as The Squirrel. The rest was lost until now. The band is pianist Kenny Drew, young Danish bassist Bo Stief and drummer Art Taylor.

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