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This review is from: Doin Allright (Audio CD)
Being that I'm a huge Dexter Gordon fan, I was extremely happy last summer when I found out that Blue Note was adding three more of Dex's classics to the RVG series. This session happened to be the first one I picked up and it actually turns out to be my favorite of the three (the other two are "Dexter Calling" and "One Flight Up"). The present session is the first one Dexter ever did for Blue Note and still ranks up with his best. The personnel includes the then young but amazing Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Horace Parlan on piano, George Tucker on bass, Al Harewood on drums,and of course, LTD himself. Hubbard and Gordon compliment each other perfectly, which explains why they ended up working together again a few more times in the future. The ensemble treat Gershwin's "I Was Doing All Right" in a very laid-back, relaxing manner which really shows off every member for all their worth. Dex's rendition of "You've Changed" to me qualifies as one of the best ballad performances ever recorded. Hubbard and Parlan both have nice solos here but it is truly Dex's showcase and he certainly makes the most of it. "For Regulars Only" and "Society Red" are two compelling Dexter originals. From listening to these awesome tracks, it is easy to see why they are still played quite often today. "It's You or No One" is nothing short of a flagwaver and swings like there's no tomorrow. Dex liked this version so much that it became a standard part of his performance repitoire and can be heard also on his 1976 "Homecoming" disc. Like most RVG editions, "Doin' Allright" also comes with two great extra tracks. "I Want More", one of Dex's best compositions from both his performance in "The Connection" and from his classic "Dexter Calling", is now heard here. It truly is a great version and it is interesting to contrast it with the equally awesome "Dexter Calling" version. The other extra track is an alternate take of "For Regulars Only" which really does not sound that bad in comparison to the master take. "Doin' Allright" is a spectacular session on every front that should be owned by every serious jazz fan!