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Night Ballads - Montreal 1977

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Recorded live at The Rising Sun in Montreal, November 9-12, 1977. Featuring the great saxophonist Dexter Gordon, pianist George Cables, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Eddie Gladden. Total running time: 78:47.
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  • Audio CD (March 20, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Uptown Jazz
  • ASIN: B006UTDEEO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,436 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Night ballads in Montreal from 1977 with George Cables, Rufus Reid and Eddie Gladden, give exactly was you expected. A very good concert in the Risin Sun Club in Montreal. Good atmosphere, nice program: Lover Man, You've changed, Old folks, Polka dots and Moonbeans and LTD . Was a very special moment in the life of Dexter Gordon, he just arrive from Europe and want stay at home . Dexter was great with tenor saxophone and George Cables was unforgettable . The sound is correct and you can hear how the people enjoy. Gordon is always a master and this is a great chance to see. Even the presentation of each song are great. Tanks to Maxime Gordon to allow this edition. More than 78 minutes of the best Dexter Gordon is like a paradise.
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Glorious, simply glorious. Is there anything more beautiful in all of jazz than the sound of Dexter Gordon's tenor saxophone? The man exhales humanity with every note he blows. I feel uplifted and moved to tears by him. Like the best of all great art, Gordon's jazz stimulates the mind, warms the heart, and unleashes the spirit. You grow as a person when you devote time to listening to him. I can't get enough. Every time a posthumous album is issued, it's time to celebrate. Night Ballads in Montreal (1977) is no different. Gordon is backed by his touring band (Cables, Reid and Gladden) all of whom are masters on their instruments, and their support of Gordon is a joy. As pianist George Cables (whose playing astonishes the listener) says in the album's liner notes, "I'm also thinking AGAIN of all the freedom that Dexter allowed me and everyone else in the band, and allowed us to gel, or let you be who you are, let us be who we were, which gave the band a group strength." My goodness do they play well. This performance is from a club date. The sound quality is excellent; the atmosphere of a club performance comes through, and the audience is obviously hanging on every note. Get the CD, and you'll know why. All the tracks are fabulous, but Lover Man had never appeared before on an LP in this quartet's book. It is worth the price of admission alone. Highest recommendation. For those who need more from this quartet, find and then indulge yourselves in:
Dexter Gordon: Manhattan Symphonie (Columbia, 1978)
A Gordon Cantata (live in Rome), (West Wind, 1978)
Dexter Gordon: Live at Carnegie Hall (Columbia, 1978)
Dexter Gordon: Live at Keystone, Volumes 1-3, (Blue Note, 1978-1979) and
Dexter Gordon: Body and Soul (live in San Diego) (ARCO 109)
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Dexter Gordon's voluminous tenor was predestined for gorgeous ballads like these that were culled from a series of Montreal gigs. Lazy, laconic and above all thick, his town agonizes over each note. Piano solos are also exploratory and impressive, and Dexter's vocal reciting of the lyrics before each song is as hip as hip can be. The sound quality is better than bootleg, but not pristine studio. A small price to pay, and a perfect companion to his Columbia sessions of the same period.
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Rough sound quality that you get used to after a few minutes. As for the music, it's late Dexter. You really feel like you're there with him in the club. There's a lot of live late Dexter available, so if you know those recordings, you'll know what you're getting here. He was such a great presence, and now he's gone, so any new recordings are welcome. Docked a star for sound quality and for George Cables, whose style I never warmed to.
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