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Live in San Francisco

5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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NTSC/Region 0. Considered one of the very first Bebop tenor saxophonists, Dexter Gordon began playing clarinet at the tender age of seven. By the time he was fifteen the precocious tenorist had already played in bands with Chico Hamilton and Buddy Collette! He formed part of the Lionel Hampton and Louis Armstrong orchestras in the early forties, and joined the Billy Eckstine band and recorded with Charlie Parker in 1945. Gordon possessed a very distinctive and profound sound. Some of the best-remembered moments of his superlative career were his tenor battles with fellow tenor saxophonist Wardell Gray from 1947 to 1952 and his leading role as an actor in the film 'Round Midnight in 1986, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. The performance included on this DVD showcases Gordon's many talents in an intimate quartet setting at San Francisco's Maintenance Shop; a club that also witnessed one of the last filmed performances by pianist Bill Evans. Dexter is heard on three extended tunes. ImproJazz.

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  • Format: Color, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Impro-Jazz Spain
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VAFNAQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,756 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Alan B. Chase on August 1, 2012
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This is a remarkable set from this master jazz musician. Anyone who appreciates excellent straight-up jazz will find this recording to be completely satisfying.

A clarification on this. This is actually the companion DVD for the Dexter Gordon Live in Iowa - which is equally incredible! The Maintenance Shop was a club that was located in Ames, Iowa - not San Francisco as the company mistakenly identifies. These 2 sets were part of a series that was broadcast on National Public television in late 1979 and throughout 1980. Other performers in the series - playing 2 sets each - were the Bill Evans Trio with Marc Johnson on bass & Joe Labarbera on drums; the Phil Woods Quartet; the Great Guitars and the Woody Shaw Qunitet. All but the Shaw sets were originally released on VHS in the early-to-mid-nineties.

Hopedully, this company will strive to release the other performances in the Maintenance Shop series - especially the Shaw sets whose quintet at the time included Vitor Lewis on drums and the late Carter Jefferson on tenor sax.

These 2 Dexter sets come highly recommended.
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While the video quality isn't the best, the audio is quite good(not perfect though for audiophiles). The performance is hypnotizing and Dexter's sax is soothing. While it's only 4 songs (maybe 5) the performance is quite long.
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Dexter Gordon and his support players (George Cables on piano, Rufus Reid bass, Eddie Gladen drums) all perform at their best here. This DVD contains more pieces from the same 1979 concert at San Francisco's Maintenance Shop that was released by Rhapsody Films as The Dexter Gordon Quartet. That's right--more pieces, not the same ones. And the notes on the back provide a little more detail than on the old VHS tape. If you enjoyed Dexter Gordon's music, or his performance in Round Midnight, then this is for you. He was one of the great bebop tenor sax players.
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