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Swingin Affair [Original recording remastered]

Dexter GordonAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 21, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1962
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000E1IGBA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A Swingin' Affair is a 1962 jazz album by saxophonist Dexter Gordon, recorded two days after his best-known album Go!, and with the same line-up.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An "Affair" Renewed March 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The most recent batch of six RVG reissues (2/21/06) has left me scratching my head, as the original CD incarnations of four of these titles have never even gone out-of-print, and are still readily available, even new on Amazon. Certainly, there are more deserving titles to re-release that have actually been missing from the catalog for years, but I guess EMI must have plans to make most every golden-era Blue Note album an RVG edition at this point. To be fair, "A Swingin' Affair" is another classic recording from Dexter Gordon's renaissance period, and it is great to have it available in this remastered version. In fact, "Affair" is my favorite Dex Blue Note! Those who have read my reviews know I enjoy his other albums for the label (see "Doin' Allright," "Dexter Calling," "Our Man in Paris," "One Flight Up" and "Gettin' Around"), but there is just something magical about his two albums made with the rhythm trio of Sonny Clark, Butch Warren and Billy Higgins. And while many people will agree with that statement, most also place a higher value on "Go" and not "Affair," recorded two days later on August 29, 1962. But for some reason the second session has always caught my fancy, whether it was the latin flavored "Soy Califa," the best ever rendition of "You Stepped Out of a Dream," or the infectious Warren-penned "The Backbone." Take my word for it, after just one listen, you'll never want this "Affair" to end.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must! June 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If I had to choose only one CD out of Dexter's recordings for Blue Note (i.e. Go!, Our Man In Paris,...), I would definitely choose "A Swingin' Affair". This session is maybe not as intense as "Go!" but... what a warm, round sound! Billy Higgins does an amazing job on the drums and Sonny Clarck is impeccable. Dexter is at his best. Highlights are the first two tracks. In "Soy Califa", Dexter is amazing of humor, of energy and of mastery. "Don't Explain" (one of the two ballads of this CD) is wonderfully interpreted: his enormous tone sets a melancholic mood in just a few chords and it lasts for over 6 minutes of intense pleasure. Enjoy! As an extra bonus: an excellent quality of recording.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dex in top form June 7, 2003
By lbcguy
Format:Audio CD
If you're just getting started with learning about jazz, Dexter Gordon is a great first buy. And if you're just getting started with Dexter Gordon, this would be the second CD to get after "Go!" But it's a VERY close second-- and, conceptually, is probably more consistent track by track. There's been tons of great stuff written about this recording, and it's all true, so dive in.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect introduction to Dexter Gordon October 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It is purely my opinion that Alfred Lion upon hearing the finished product of Herbie Hancock's "Takin' Off" record debut as a leader, decided to grab drummer Billy Higgins & bassist Butch Warren to support Dexter again on this album and "Go!" Their swinging way of playing slightly behind the beat perfectly complements Dexter's preference for performing like-wise. I'm not a big fan of ballads but Billie Holiday's "Don't Explain" is breathtaking in its beauty. My favorite cuts are Butch Warren's "The Backbone" and Dexter's "McSplivens."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dexter Swings It March 24, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Just two days after recording Go!, Dexter Gordon reentered the studio with the same group of musicians (Sonny Clark: piano, Butch Warren: bass, Billy Higgins: drums) and set down the music that would become A Swingin' Affair. Go! Seems to have received most of the critical attention, and while I'll not deny that that album is a classic (see my review), I find A Swingin' Affair to be the more enjoyable album. Both albums are well played, but I think the song selection on A Swingin' Affair is just a tad stronger. The album begins with "Soy Califa", an infectious Latin tinged bop, which in my opinion is superior to any of the tracks on Go!. Another standout track is the ballad "Don't Explain". Dexter's tone on this track is exquisite, as he manages to take all the power and body of his horn and channel it at a much lower volume, perfectly suiting the mood of the song. "You Stepped Out of A Dream" is another exemplary ballad. "The Backbone", composed by bassist Warren is a snappy number that'll make you tap your feet. "Until the Real Thing Comes Along" is another nice mid-tempo groover, and the album closes with "McSplivens", a Gordon original named for his dog. The musicians are excellent throughout and it's obvious why Blue Note wanted them back in the studio so soon after completing Go!. I simply can't say enough about Dexter Gordon. His tone is as deep as the Cayman Trench, his sense of melody superb. My favorite album of his remains One Flight Up, but A Swingin' Affair would be a solid choice for any jazz fan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Business as usual December 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
How do you select among Dexter's many stellar recordings? Even a session such as "The Panther," which Amazon currently lists 24th among his recordings, should in no way be considered inessential, containing as it does a "Body and Soul" that matches if not eclipses Coleman Hawkins' signature version. As for "A Swingin' Affair," take Dexter's solo on "You Stepped Out of a Dream" and compare it to Rollins' solo on the same tune from "Sonny Rollins Vol.2." Dexter's improvisation strikes me not only as the more lyrical and imaginative but as the more definitive and assured. In fact, listening repeatedly to this compelling storyteller's recordings is to acquire increasing evidence that his may be the one name deserving mention alongside Coltrane's 1960-1965. And as for 1968-1980, Mr. Long Tall stands above the field.

If there's a "downside" to the recording, it's the ridiculously exaggerated separation that confines Dexter's tenor saxophone to one channel and the rhythm section to the other. Let's hope consumer demand justifies a re-mastered edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable addition to anyone's mid century jazz library
Anyone who enjoys jazz, particularly, mid century bebop will consider this a classic piece. One of Dexter Gordon's best albums.
Published 17 months ago by Arthur Riddle
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Swinging Saxophone Affair All The Way!
From the first time I heard his music I've enjoyed the playing of Dexter Gordon. There are many fans of tenor sax players that would easily second that opinion as well. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Dexter Cooks!
Dexter speaks to me! He plays musically and with notes that I can understand. Sometimes he is soft and sometimes he is loud. He was a master of the tenor saxophone. Read more
Published on May 19, 2010 by Wesley A. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Dexter Gordon the preimenent tenor sax of the Hard bob era
"A Swingin'Affair" demonstrates clearly why Dexter Gordon is the tenor saxophonist by which all others are judged. Read more
Published on February 13, 2009 by A. Romero
Dexter Gordon was GIANT of a tenor sax player (both literally and figuratively, he stood about 6'5"!). And this is one of his best recordings. Read more
Published on February 6, 2008 by COMPUTERJAZZMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Answering Some Questions
When listening to this CD, two questions were on my mind. First, what was it about Dexter Gordon that made him a favorite tenor among so many great tenor players who were... Read more
Published on April 17, 2007 by nadav haber
5.0 out of 5 stars droopy Dex
During the 1940s swing era, Dexter Gordon played with many of the greats and helped establish the longevity of swing music overall. Read more
Published on January 13, 2007 by Swing King
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Swingin' Affair by Dexter Gordon
While I have all the Bluenote,Savoy,Black Lion & Columbia Dexter recordings in my collection, I still place this album on "My Favorite Top 15" Jazz albums recorded between 1949 and... Read more
Published on July 26, 2006 by J. ROMO
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