Dexter Gordon

Landslide

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Landslide is comprised of previously unreleased mateiral from three separate Dexter Gordon-led sessions between May 1961 and June 1962. The title track is a Dexter Calling... outtake featuring pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones; it was later added to the CD version of Dexter Calling... as a bonus track. Three songs -- "Love Locked Out," "You Said It," "Serenade in Blue" -- are from May of 1962 and feature trumpeter Tommy Turrentine, pianist Sir Charles Thompson, bassist Al Lucas and drummer Willie Bobo. The remaining three songs -- "Blue Gardenia," "Six Bits Jones," "Second Balcony Jump" -- were recorded in June of 1962 and feature trumpeter Dave Burns, pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Philly Joe Jones. All three sessions hold together fairly well, and although nothing on the record qualifies as a masterpiece, nothing is bad, either. In comparison to the released sessions, this material may pale somewhat, but it remains first-rate hard bop and is recommended to Gordon collectors.

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