Sunday, September 25, 2022

Dexter Gordon - The Complete Blue Note Sixties Sessions [1996] (6 x CD's)



Dexter Gordon - The Complete Blue Note Sixties Sessions [1996] (6 x CD's)

The Complete Blue Note Sixties Sessions is an attractive six-disc box set featuring all of Dexter Gordon's '60s recordings for the label in chronological order. Such classic albums as Dexter Calling and Go! were recorded during these years, and they are presented in their entirety, as are two complete sessions that have been previously unavailable on CD and several unreleased alternate takes. (Excerpt from AllMusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

This is a beautifully packaged and comprehensive 6 x CD set of Dexter Gordon's 60's sessions at Blue Note. This collects the towering tenor saxophonist's Blue Note recordings from 1961 to 1965, a period of high creativity in a long and diverse career that had begun in the bop revolution of the '40s.  Dexter did these sessions after being released from prison. He played these sessions with exquisite technique with musicians that were for the most part at the top of their game. Throughout he is heard in the quartets and quintets that he preferred, playing with unique authority and sustained invention. The support is consistently strong and sometimes brilliant, including contributions from pianist Sonny Clark and drummer Philly Joe Jones. A Paris session with fellow bop pioneers Bud Powell and Kenny Clarke is a highlight. Gordon's music had continued to grow and develop into the '60s, and it's possible to hear touches of Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane in his playing here, Gordon taking notes from musicians who had learned from him years before. The set includes alternate takes and recordings of Gordon's fascinating reminiscences include interviews where he discusses influences. Gordon's career spanned five decades, but this period with blue note stands out as one of be. (Amazon)

Dexter Gordon always had the quality of seeming to be speaking with you through the horn. In many ways, his sound and style are more the epitome of jazz than any one other musician. In and out of the scene because of an intermittent problem with heroin, the sixties were his most exciting period. If you've heard Dexter before, then you know what this is like and can't do better than this set.


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Track lists


01 Dexter Gordon I Was Doing Alright 9:17

02 Dexter Gordon I Want More 6:11

03 Dexter Gordon You've Changed 7:28

04 Dexter Gordon Society Red 12:22

05 Dexter Gordon For Regulars Only (alt tk) 6:23

06 Dexter Gordon It's You Or No One 6:15

07 Dexter Gordon For Regulars Only 5:46

08 Dexter Gordon Landslide 5:15

09 Dexter Gordon Modal Mood 5:23

10 Dexter Gordon Clear The Dex 4:53

11 Dexter Gordon Boy Saxophonist 4:40


01 Dexter Gordon Soul Sister 7:44

02 Dexter Gordon Smile 3:22

03 Dexter Gordon Ernie's Tune 4:16

04 Dexter Gordon I Want More 5:18

05 Dexter Gordon The End Of A Love Affair 6:52

06 Dexter Gordon Serenade In Blue 5:03

07 Dexter Gordon You Said It 4:31

08 Dexter Gordon Love Locked Out 4:48

09 Dexter Gordon Blue Gardenia 6:43

10 Dexter Gordon Second Balcony Jump 6:01

11 Dexter Gordon Six Bits Jones 6:17

12 Dexter Gordon Lady Be Good 8:06

13 Dexter Gordon On Be Bop 3:55


01 Dexter Gordon Three O'Clock In The Morning 5:42

02 Dexter Gordon Second Balcony Jump 7:05

03 Dexter Gordon Where Are You? 5:20

04 Dexter Gordon Cheese Cake 6:33

05 Dexter Gordon I Guess I'll Hnag My Tears Out to Dry 5:22

06 Dexter Gordon Love For Sale 7:36

07 Dexter Gordon McSplivens 5:44

08 Dexter Gordon The Backbone 6:48

09 Dexter Gordon Soy Califa 6:27

10 Dexter Gordon Until The Real Thing Comes Along 6:49

11 Dexter Gordon You Stepped Out Of A Dream 6:33

12 Dexter Gordon Don't Explain 6:04


01 Dexter Gordon Our Love Is Here To Stay 5:40

02 Dexter Gordon Broadway 6:45

03 Dexter Gordon Stairway to the Stars 6:58

04 Dexter Gordon A Night In Tunisia 8:17

05 Dexter Gordon Willow Weep For Me 8:48

06 Dexter Gordon Scrapple From the Apple 7:22

07 Dexter Gordon Coppin' The Haven 11:18

08 Dexter Gordon Tanya 18:19

09 Dexter Gordon It All Began 4:05


01 Dexter Gordon Kong Neptune 11:03

02 Dexter Gordon Darn That Dream 7:32

03 Dexter Gordon Hanky Panky 6:31

04 Dexter Gordon Devilette 7:06

05 Dexter Gordon Clubhouse 7:33

06 Dexter Gordon Jodi 5:41

07 Dexter Gordon I'm A Fool To Want You 6:44

08 Dexter Gordon Lady Iris B 5:39


01 Dexter Gordon Le Coiffeur 6:59

02 Dexter Gordon Mahna De Carnaval 8:23

03 Dexter Gordon Flick Of A Trick 10:31

04 Dexter Gordon Everybody's Somebody's Fool 6:45

05 Dexter Gordon Very Saxily Yours 6:52

06 Dexter Gordon Shiny Stockings 6:18

07 Dexter Gordon Who Can I Turn To 5:15

08 Dexter Gordon Heartaches 7:46

09 Dexter Gordon Dexter On Bird 4:29




  1. Thanks Butterboy, Dexter is one of my top favorites.

  2. A few decades ago, I was driving from New Orleans to Alexandria late on a Sunday night/Monday mornng. In the middle of the Cajun prairie, I caught a low watt radio station that was, surprisingly, playing a Gordon version of 1st Time I Ever Saw Your Face. Was just a stunning version. Thanks for making me relive that memory, BB.

    1. Hi pmac.
      Great story and great result for my post. This is what music can do.

  3. Nice. Good music for a dinner party. Many thanks.

    1. Hi Fieldhippie.
      ...or to just relax and take it all in.