Saturday, December 12, 2009
Dexter GORDON - At Montreux With Junior Mance 1970
Recorded during Gordon's expatriate period, this set took place at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1970. Gordon is in outstanding form here, his tenor tipping the improvisation scales with wildly inventive ideas while still maintaining the gorgeous, rich timbre and pure, almost vibrato-less tone for which he is known. Two Gordon signatures, "Fried Bananas" (which gets an electrifying workout here) and the stirring "Body and Soul" crop up among Monk and Ellington covers (note Gordon's commanding take on "Sophisticated Lady," and the frenetic "Rhythm-a-ning.")
The Junior Mance Trio provides tight, impeccable support throughout, with some nice piano solos by Mance. When the set comes to a close with "The Panther," it is difficult not to marvel at the Gordon's abilities as a soulful melodicist, an incredibly adept, bold improviser and an intelligent, sensitive, and compelling creator. AT MONTREUX captures the man in action.
Dexter Gordon's set at the 1970 Montreux Jazz Festival is typically exciting with long tenor solos, fine backup (from pianist Junior Mance, bassist Martin Rivera and drummer Oliver Jackson) and a well-rounded repertoire Gordon's Fried Bananas, Sophisticated Lady, Thelonious Monk's Rhythm-A-Ning, an explorative Body and Soul, Blue Monk and The Panther. This excellent CD serves as a fine all-around introduction to the music of the great tenor-saxophonist.
By Scott Yanow, AMG.
Dexter Gordon- (Tenor Saxophone)
Junior Mance- (Piano)
Martin Rivera- (Bass)
Oliver Jackson- (Drums)
01. Fried Bananas (Dexter Gordon) 8:13
02. Sophisticated Lady (Duke EllingtonIrving MillsMitchell Parish) 7:56
03. Rhythm-A-Ning (Thelonious Monk) 8:44
04. Body and Soul (Frank EytonJohnny GreenEdward HeymanRobert Sour) 10:16
05. Blue Monk (Thelonious Monk) 10:54
06. The Panther (Dexter Gordon) 927