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Settin the Pace [Box set, Import]

Dexter GordonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 22, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1943
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Proper Box UK
  • ASIN: B000058A08
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,863 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I've Found A New Baby
2. Rosetta
3. Sweet Lorraine
4. Blowed And Gone
5. Blowing The Blues Away
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Long Tall Dexter
2. Dexter Rides Again
3. I Can't Escape From You
4. Dexter Digs In
5. Jump Call
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Disorder At The Border
2. Cherokee
3. After Hours Bop
4. I'll Follow You
5. Bop
See all 7 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Hornin' In
2. The Duel
3. Settin' The Pace
4. So Easy
5. Dexter's Riff
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Over Four Hours of Music On 4 Cd's (55 Tracks) Plus A 44-Page Fully Illustrated Booklet. The 55 Tracks Here Span The Period 1943-1950 & Feature The Immense Talents of Dexter Himself As Well As Such Luminaries As Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, Ben Webster, Billy Eckstine, Sonny Criss & Barney Kessel. The 44 Pages In The Booklet Are Crammed With Rare Photos, Track Information & The Story of One of The True Giants of Jazz.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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As I parse through this collection I am amazed that Proper was able to compile such a complete collection surveying the early years of Dexter Gordon. It's all here, the historic Savoy sides that Dexter led between 1945 through 1947 which include a stellar cast of sidemen such as Bud Powell, Max Roach, Fats Navarro and Leo Parker. There is also the historic Dial sides w/ Wardell Gray and Teddy Edwards that produced tracks like "The Chase" (w/ Gray), and "The Duel" (w/ Edwards). A set containing the Savoy and Dial sides would be fantastic on it's own but Proper has also included a number of other tracks of Dexter featured with the Billy Eckstine Band, Dizzy Gillespie's Sextet, Red Norvo, and Benny Carter's band. Also included is the historic 9/4/45 date led by Sir Charles Thompson for the Apollo label that also featured Charlie Parker! And if that wasn't enough there are 5 lenghty tracks recorded on 7/6/47 at the Elk's Auditorium in Los Angeles and billed as the "Hollywood Jazz Concert". These tracks include Howard McGhee, Trummy Young, Sonny Criss, Wardell Gray, Hampton Hawes, and Barney Kessel and although the sound is not superb on the live tracks, the performances are excellent and give the listener an inside look at what the Central Avenue scene must have been like in the mid to late 1940s.
All in all this collection is an excellent compilation of one of the true greats of modern jazz.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The emergence of bop tenor January 22, 2004
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The kings of bop were Dizzy and Bird - on trumpet and alto, and there were Bud Powell, Monk, Kenny Clarke and Max Roach on piano and drums. It may be true that the tenor sax is just not suitable for bebop, just as the soprano sax is certainly not - but for other reasons. The tenor sound is just too big for the fast flurry of arpeggio notes, that is part of bop playing.
Dexter Gordon was one tenor player who managed to excell playing bebop without loosing any of the sound qualities of his instrument. His deep and elastic sound was part of the great tenor tradition, yet perfectly modern. I am convinced that the evolution of Sonny Rolling, Joe Henderson and John Coltrane, could not have been what it was without the influence of Dexter's sound.
It is interesting to compare Gordon with the great Wardell Gray, who is co featured on many tracks - especially the third cd. Gray's harmonic ideas were modern - but rhythmically he was part of the older tradition.
These recordings, spanning an era between 1943 and 1950, are crucial to the development of bop tenor saxophone playing. They contain exciting live jam session recordings as well as studio recording, and great playing from all musicians involved - Fats Navarro, Gray, Teddy Edwards, Howard Mcgee, Leo parker, and of course Dexter Gordon himself. I recommend the four CD package to anyone interested in the tenor sax and in bebop.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Dexter Gordon CD! February 28, 2001
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Over 70 minutes of finely recorded bop and blues by tenorist extraordinaire Dexter Gordon. His full beautiful tone is both relaxing and exhilarating. These recordings are from 3 dates for Savoy in 1945-1947. (The CD notes that this is not a thorough collection of EVERY track cut for Savoy, alternative takes from two sessions are not included. Only Dexter "completists" should be concerned.)
Of the 23 selections, 11 include either Max Roach or Art Blakey on drums. Fats Navarro brings his wonderfully rounded sound to six cuts recorded in 1947, and Tadd Dameron plays piano on eleven. What's surprising, however, is not the great playing of the jazz legends here, but the work of not as celebrated musicians such as Leo Parker on baritone sax and Sadik Hakim on piano. This is great bop playing which will get you moving!
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