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Go! (RVG Edition) Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Just before heading off to a 15-year stay in Europe, the stately Dexter Gordon waxed a pair of records for Blue Note in August 1962: this classic and, two days later, A Swingin' Affair. It's been widely reported that Gordon himself considered Go! his greatest achievement, and (if so) it's easy to hear why. Brimming with conviction and poise, Gordon's gentle-giant sax carries itself with a sort of graceful edge that is difficult to emulate. He's always quick with a humorous quote, yet it always seems to fit just right. He's always languishing behind the beat, yet he never seems late. He possesses an enormous tone, yet he never overwhelms the songs or the listener. He sounds unhurried at any speed. His song selection is typically creative, holding little-known ballads close to his brawny chest like a big, cuddly bear. A stellar rhythm section of the elegantly funky pianist Sonny Clark plus Butch Warren and Billy Higgins doesn't hurt either. --Marc Greilsamer
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Run Time: 37 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000I8UJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Crabby Apple Mick Lee on February 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There are those who think the history of the jazz saxophone begins with Charlie Parker and ends with John Coltrane. They are entitled to their opinions; but such a narrow viewpoint leaves out far too many originals. Dexter Gordon for one. GO! was recorded along with SWING TIME in the later summer of 1962-just before Gordon's fifteen-year "exile" in Europe. Much has been made of Gordon finding Europeans more relaxed in racial distinctions and more hospitable toward jazz musicians in particular. I suppose this is all true; but New York's "performance tax", his two previous prison terms for drug use, and the shrinking number of outlets for "live" jazz also must have played a part. I also have to wonder if the Cuban "Missile Crisis" which followed these recordings provided an addition boot out the door.

The most important point to made of all this is Gordon left the United States just a few steps before the major social upheaval of the 1960's occurred. Gordon missed the sea change that transpired in popular culture as the baby boomers began to take the stage both literally and metaphorically. The United States Gordon came back to fifteen years later was a much different place than the one he left. While developments often went in parallel between America and Europe, the political and social upheavals had different meanings and outcomes. It is not as if Gordon stepped into a time capsule when he went to Europe to live; but expectations of him as an artist were different.

More interestingly, Gordon bypassed the "fusion" experiments in jazz and returned to the scene just as many were looking for a more `authentic" voice in jazz after enduring the bells and whistles of the "next big thing".
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Pharoah S. Wail VINE VOICE on January 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Clocking in around 37 minutes (and no alternate takes/previously unreleased stuff), this isn't one of the longest RVGs you'll ever buy, but it certainly is a great one! I too am a bit dismayed at seeing this one panned as "diet jazz". Following too closely to the melody line seems an odd criticism for this disc, to me. Dexter is melodic as all (!!!!), but they are his own melodies, spiraling out of his horn on the spot. He isn't just riffing on the "head melody" over and over again. Not even close. His melodic invention here is actually quite fantastic... from masterfully placed (and played with) quotes, to just straight-up building out from the starting point. As far as I am concerned, this disc is easily one of the main reasons that Dexter Gordon is a tenor legend.

Based on previous reviews, Cheese Cake seems to be the big hit here but the two tracks that really take the cake for me are Love For Sale and Three O'Clock in the Morning. This Love For Sale is a giant. One of my favorites. One of the biggest disappointments of this disc is that there aren't one or two alternate takes of Love For Sale included here. Of course the reasoning is understandable. If this was the first take then there was no reason for any one in attendance (band, producer, engineer) to think a 2nd take was needed, as this first one is a masterpiece.

It is indeed true that if you're in the market for one of the more "progressive" Blue Notes along the lines of Out To Lunch or Fuchsia Swing Song or Contours, this may not be for you at this very minute. This isn't blazing any new trails, punching down any walls and letting a whole new world view shine in through the cracks. Nope.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By corbettesque on March 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I bought GO a couple of months ago, listened to it, loved it. I listened to it again recently and loved it even more. It's puzzling to me when I see "essential" jazz recording lists, GO rarely appears. Well, it makes my essential list and has easily pushed it's way into my top 10. From the exultant opening blow of "Cheese Cake" to the stunning ballad "I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry" you realize you are hearing a musician "in the zone" who has complete command of his talent and is evoking it here at will. As the liner notes state, "Dexter soars like a condor over the Andes, with grandeur and great staying power." This also contains my favorite recording of "Love For Sale." There is not a wasted note on this album. It's like witnessing a baseball pitcher throwing a perfect game.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tom B. on August 9, 2004
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One of the greatest albums Blue Note ever produced, this is the best album Dexter ever did (and that's saying a lot since he did many gems!). Dexter is joined with one of jazz's best trio units (Sonny Clark on piano, who is my favorite pianist, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums) on six different numbers. "Cheesecake" is one of the coolest melodies ever written and shows how much of an underrated composer Dexter really was. "I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry" is one of the best ballad performances I've ever heard. The listener can actually hear the sadness come out of Dex's horn! "Second Balcony Jump" swings beyond belief, and the climactic ending is one of the best endings that you'll ever find on any jazz track. "Love For Sale" is much different than the way Cannonball Adderley handles it on his classic "Somethin' Else" (check out my review for it), but is just as equally compelling to that version. "Where Are You" provides another one of Dexter's amazing ballad performances, which most likely will move you just as much as the first ballad on this cd. The album closes with "Three O'clock in the Morning", which brings the album to an amazing close with a more laid-back feeling than any other track found on the album. You can't possibly call yourself a fan of Dexter Gordon or jazz in general and not have this classic, so pick it up, I swear you won't be dissapointed!
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