Dexter Gordon – Go (1962/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 37:38 minutes | 1,61 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Blue Note Records
Go is the sensational masterpiece by Dexter Gordon. Gordon was one of music’s leading tenor saxophonists, joined here by virtuosos: Sonny Clark, Butch Warren and Billy Higgins. This record has been deemed one of Gordon’s finest Blue Note releases. The master of bebop tenor saxophone performs hits including “Cheese Cake,” a Latin-tinged version of Porter’s “Love for Sale,” a breathtaking reading of “Where Are You?” and “I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry”.
From the first moments when Dexter Gordon sails into the opening song full of brightness and confidence, it is obvious that Go! is going to be one of those albums where everything just seems to come together magically. A stellar quartet including the stylish pianist Sonny Clark, the agile drummer Billy Higgins, and the solid yet flexible bassist Butch Warren are absolutely crucial in making this album work, but it is still Gordon who shines. Whether he is dropping quotes into “Three O’Clock in the Morning” or running around with spritely bop phrases in “Cheese Cake,” the album pops and crackles with energy and exuberance. Beautiful ballads like “I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry” metamorphosize that energy into emotion and passion, but you can still see it there nonetheless. Gordon had many high points in his five decade-long career, but this is certainly the peak of it all.
01 – Cheese Cake
02 – I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry
03 – Second Balcony Jump
04 – Love for Sale
05 – Where Are You?
06 – Three O’Clock in the Morning
Dexter Gordon – tenor sax
Sonny Clark – piano
Butch Warren – bass
Billy Higgins – drums
About the Mastering:
High Resolution Mastering by Alan Yoshida and Robin Lynn at Blanche DuBois, April 2012.
“In preparing these hi def remasters, we were very conscientious about maintaining the feel of the original releases while adding a previously unattainable transparency and depth. It now sounds like you’ve set up your chaise lounge right in the middle of Rudy Van Gelder’s studio!” — Blue Note President, Don Was.
The album is accompanied by its original sleeve notes plus additional photos and newly-written package essays.