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Dexter Gordon - Settin' the Pace (4CD Box Set) (2001) 
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Dexter Gordon - Settin' the Pace (4CD Box Set) (2001)

Dexter Gordon - Settin' the Pace (4CD Box Set) (2001)
Dexter Gordon - Settin' the Pace (4CD Box Set) (2001)
4CDs | Release: 2001 | Label: Proper Box UK | MP3 320 kbps | 639 MB
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Bebop, Hard Bop, Tenor Saxophone

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This Box Set gathers all of Dexter Gordon's recordings as a leader for Savoy, with one session each from 1945 and 1946 and two from December 1947. Gordon had already worked in the bands of Lionel Hampton, Louis Armstrong, and Billy Eckstine, and he was among the very first players to adapt the innovations of Charlie Parker to the tenor saxophone, creating his own voice out of an amalgam of Parker and Lester Young. Gordon's sound was already his own, a harder-edged tenor sound with very little vibrato, and there's evidence as well of the striking harmonic imagination that would later influence John Coltrane. Ballads like "I Can't Escape from You" and "Dexter's Mood" show Gordon's romantic side, but it's the bop tunes that most clearly chart his rapid evolution.

Two of bop's most brilliant--and doomed--players make substantial appearances here. Pianist Bud Powell is present on the eight takes from 1946, adding Tatum-esque filigree to the ballad and driving, incandescent play to the other tracks, prodding, testing, and usually exceeding the horns. Trumpeter Fats Navarro appears on the final session, along with composer-pianist Tadd Dameron, and it's once again apparent that he was Dizzy Gillespie's only serious rival among bop trumpeters.

Whether it's the presence of a working band or growing maturity, Gordon is at his best on "Index" and "Dextivity," with a relaxed drive and full command of his substantial ideas. While most of the tracks are around three minutes--the compressed jolts of bop energy dictated by the limited playing time of the 78--"Settin' the Pace," originally divided over two sides, is nearly six minutes. It's a saxophone chase with baritonist Leo Parker, in the same vein that Gordon explored to great acclaim with Wardell Grey. The wealth of alternates includes several issued for the first time, among them tracks with Powell and Navarro.


CD1: Blowing The Blues Away
01. I've Found A New Baby (4:41)
02. Rosetta (5:08)
03. Sweet Lorraine (4:54)
04. Blowed And Gone (4:44)
05. Blowing The Blues Away (3:08)
06. Broovin' High (2:39)
07. Blue 'n' Boogie (3:01)
08. Lonesome Lover Blues (2:49)
09. Last Night (3:03)
10. Honeysuckle Rose (8:00)
11. Takin' Off (3:09)
12. If I Had You (3:03)
13. The Street Beat (2:34)
14. Blow Mr. Dexter (2:59)
15. Dexter's Deck (2:57)
16. Dexter's Cuttin' Out (3:10)
17. Dexter's Minor Mad (2:44)
18. Looking For A Boy (2:54)

CD2: The Chase
01. Long Tall Dexter (3:04)
02. Dexter Rides Again (3:16)
03. I Can't Escape From You (3:16)
04. Dexter Digs In (2:58)
05. Jump Call (4:14)
06. Mischievous Lady (2:48)
07. Lullaby In Rhythm (3:05)
08. The Chase (6:50)
09. Chromatic Aberration (3:06)
10. Talk Of The Town (3:24)
11. Blues Bikini (3:39)
12. The Hunt (18:26)
13. Byas A Drink (19:40)

CD3: Bop
1. Disorder At The Border (19:46)
2. Cherokee (21:39)
3. After Hours Bop (16:51)
4. I'll Follow You (2:32)
5. Bop (3:04)
6. Ghost Of A Chance (3:05)
7. Sweet And Lovely (2:52)

CD4: Dexter's Mood
01. Hornin' In (7:33)
02. The Duel (5:29)
03. Settin' The Pace (5:57)
04. So Easy (2:41)
05. Dexter's Riff (3:02)
06. Wee Dot (2:43)
07. Lion Roars (2:58)
08. Dexter's Mood (2:54)
09. Dextrose (2:51)
10. Index (3:06)
11. Dextivity (3:02)
12. Sid's Delight (2:56)
13. Move (9:57)
14. Ain't Gonna Quit You Baby (2:54)
15. Helen's Advice (2:49)
16. Knockin' Myself Out (2:20)
17. Airplane Blues (2:33)




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