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Title:
Dexter Gordon : a musical biography
Author:
Britt, Stan.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Long tall Dexter
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Da Capo Press, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
215 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
General Note:
Original British ed. has title: Long tall Dexter.
Language:
English
Personal Subject:
ISBN:
9780306803611
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Described by Leonard Feather as "one of the most influential saxophonists of the bop era," Dexter Gordon has been a recognized master for over four decades. This new biography traces his career from his early stints with Lionel Hampton and Louis Armstrong, through his time with the bop big band of Billy Eckstine and his sparring partnership with fellow tenor-player Wardell Gray in Los Angeles, to his self-exile in Denmark, and his triumphant return to New York in 1976, an event that decisively shaped the still strong bebop revival. Stan Britt devotes chapters to Gordon's acclaimed performance in the movie 'Round Midnight, for which he received an Academy Award nomination, along with extended discussions of his recording legacy and an analysis of his unmistakable tenor sound and style. With a notated discography and a keen appreciation of Dexter's warm, ironic personality, this biography adds another dimension to our understanding of one of the coolest--and tallest--figures of jazz.


Author Notes

Stan Britt has written about jazz for more than twenty-five years. A regular contributor to Jazz Journal, author of The Jazz Guitarist and the coauthor of the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz, he is currently at work on a study of Frank Sinatra's contributions to popular singing. He lives in London.