Blue Monk – 1970

 Dexter Gordon

The great tenor plays a relaxed blues with Junior Mance

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Tenor-saxophonist Dexter Gordon (1923-90) had a long and productive career full of many highpoints and three major comebacks.

Gordon experienced a renaissance during his long period living in Europe (1962-76) where he worked as often as he wanted and was greatly appreciated by the audiences.

Dexter Gordon performs “Blue Monk” with pianist Junior Mance (himself a legendary player), bassist Martin Rivera, and drummer Oliver Jackson at the Montreux Jazz Festival on June 18, 1970.

The tempo is relaxed, the camerawork is excellent, and the musicians are in happy spirits on the easy-going blues.

-Scott Yanow


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