Dexter Gordon

Live at Montmartre

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See the summary for Gordon's COME RAIN OR COME SHINE (Jazz Hour), as this live recording is from the same club date(s) that those recordings were culled from. Same European band, a program of standards (such as the longing version of "I Should Care" and a driving, almost reckless take on Charlie Parker's "Now's the Time"), same fine recording quality. Gordon, Drew, Pedersen and Heath take care of business. No surprises, just pros delivering cream-of-the-crop, melodious, earnestly swinging jazz with plenty of taste, guts and heart. What more do you need to know? It's a keeper.

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