Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Dexter GORDON & Wardell GRAY - The Hunt 1947
1977 Reissue. SJL 2222. 2 x Vinyl, LP.
Recorded at the Elks Auditorium in Los Angeles, on July 6, 1947
By 1945, Gordon had left the Eckstine band and was resident in New York, where he was performing and recording with Charlie Parker, as well as recording under his own name. Gordon was a virtuoso particularly famous for his titanic saxophone duels with fellow tenorman Wardell Gray, that were a popular live attraction and that were documented in several albums including **The Hunt** between 1947 and 1952.
This really should have been released when recorded! Wow! Several of the best musicians in the 40s is on this record, led by the two sax giants Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray. On their own these two giant has made legendary records, such as Gordon’s Go!, Our Man In Paris and One Flight Up. Wardell Gray’s discography, though not very big, includes brilliant records The Chase And The Steeplechase, Memorial Vol. I and II. Well, fuck. You know what? I ain’t gonna write anymore than that. This is a fucking great record and all should try to get a hold of it. It’s quite rare but I don’t care if you have to download it or anything! It is life altering.
By Peter Svendsen.
Bass- Harry Babison (tracks: A, D) , Red Callender (tracks: B, C)
Drums- Connie Kay (tracks: B to D) , Ken Kennedy (tracks: A)
Guitar- Barney Kessel
Piano- Hampton Hawes
Saxophone [Alto]- Sonny Criss
Saxophone [Tenor]- Dexter Gordon , Wardell Gray
Trombone- Trummy Young
Trumpet- Howard McGhee
A. Disorder At The Border 19:20
Written-By - C. Hawkins
B. Cherokee 21:12
Written-By - R. Noble
C. Byas-A-Drink 19:15
Written-By - D. Byas
D. The Hunt (A/K/A Rocks 'N Shoals) 18:05
Written-By - O. Cadena