Friday, February 4, 2011

GO

I think Jazz classics are here to stay on the Hearse, and the next offering comes courtsey of "The Sophisticated Giant," Dexter Gordon, the hippest Californian to grace Blue Note's illustrious roster. Before a embarking on a vacation to Europe that would last fifteen years, Dexter recorded two records for Blue Note within days of each other, they were GO and A Swingin' Affair, arguably his best work. GO is a flawless album that demonstrates perfectly Gordon's unique playing that is both forceful and smooth. It also doesn't hurt that he is joined by the a rhythm section comprised of some of the genre's best session men, Butch Warren on bass, Billy Higgins on drums, and Sonny Clark on piano. GO also features my personal favorite performance of "Love For Sale," the oft covered Cole Porter standard. Dexter himself claimed, up until his death in 1990, that GO was his favorite in his extensive and quality discography. I am inclined to agree, in fact it easily sits high on the list of one of the greatest hard bop records of all time. Hear for yourself.

16 comments:

Joshua Field said...

Jazz and Metal in one place. Does life get any better? Thanks for all the hard work.

Anthony said...

Thanks for these posts bro! but I've noticed I've been smoking a lot more weed lately.

sonofthesun said...

I thought by the title that this was going to be about that awful NYHC band, thank goodness it wasn't! Great stuff...

wheelchairs said...

Superb blog post, I have book marked this internet site so ideally I’ll see much more on this subject in the foreseeable future!

Wain said...

You've outdone yourself again.
This is my snow day stay at home record.

Joseph Magnuson said...

I can't believe that this blog just got better! Really, Aesop? These jazz albums have kept me going at the shop, and customers have been going crazy over them, asking which album, artist I'm playing, etc... Thank you very much for these and for the NPR article. I always trust a man with wildly varied taste in music.

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michael said...

fantastic album. thank you aesop.

Jason said...

diggin the jazz. And its good, old jazz. You can almost smell the old vinyl. Nice pick.

Darryl Whalen said...

6 tracks on destruction. 6 tracks on dexter gordon.

i just went through the tracks , back and forth between each record, starting with destruction. it works.

thanks for the music

Anonymous said...

More Jazz!

christopher ballard said...

High on my list of tenors! "A Swingin Affair" is a good one too.

Shelby Cobras said...

Superb blog post, I have book marked this internet site so ideally I’ll see much more on this subject in the foreseeable future!

mike said...

Definetely my fave Dexter album, Great stuff!! U got me listening to a lot of jazz I haven't heard in years, Thanks!

Phil Vas said...

Fine writing, Aesop. Thanks for the hook up.

butcherBaker said...

Thanks Aesop,
Dexter Gordon was my entry point into jazz, back in jr. high school, but I only have old tapes. Recently I've been plugging him into Pandora. Never had GO, this is great!