Monday, 7 September 2009

Dexter Gordon ”Ca’Purange”

Dexter Gordon

( LP Prestige Records, 1972 )
Catalog # P 10051
Also issued on Fantasy OJCCD 1005-2

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Oh! Karen O

Personnel & Credits:
Thad Jones (tp, flh)
Dexter Gordon (ts)
Hank Jones (p)
Stanley Clarke (b)
Louis Hayes (d)
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 22, 1972

The opening cut screams “It’s 1972!” more effectively than any photo of yet another poised, sophisticated bop musician succumbed to the big pointy collars and paisley bell-bottoms of the time ever could. On CA’PURANGE, the quintet of stars lays into the percolating one-chord vamp with a vengeance. If you like things straight up, you’ll be intrigued by how Gordon and company manage to take on such then-contemporary grooves bare-handed-there’s nary a Rhodes keyboard in sight.
The balance of CA’PURANGE is the educated bop you’d expect from musicians who, save for relative upstart Stanley Clarke, were already elder statesmen nearly three decades earlier. “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” was a pop hit at one point, but you’d never know it (in a good way) from the noir, late-night treatment it gets here. Gordon caresses the melody with breathy tenorisms; Hank Jones shades, colors, and coaxes behind Gordon and brother Thad on trumpet; Louis Hayes provides nearly invisible brushwork. Jones shines once again on the blues “Oh! Karen O,” while Sonny Rollins’ jazz standard “Airegin” rounds things out.

The harmonically advanced trumpeter Thad Jones is a perfect contrast to the tenor of Dexter Gordon on this enjoyable Prestige LP. Gordon was somewhat forgotten in the United States at the time (his “comeback” was still four years away), but is in excellent form on the four numbers, particularly during a passionate version of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.”
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

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