Dexter Gordon

The Hunt

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This two-LP set could be called "A Day in the Life of Central Avenue." These four sidelong performances are jams featuring a nonet comprised of tenors Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray, trumpeter Howard McGhee, altoist Sonny Criss, trombonist Trummy Young, pianist Hampton Hawes (making his recording debut), guitarist Barney Kessel, either Harry Babasin or Red Callender on bass and Connie Kay or Ken Kennedy on drums. The recording quality is only so-so, but the solos and the many tenor tradeoffs are generally quite heated and often exciting. The two-fer preserves the legacy of a brief but colorful era.