Category Archives: TENOR SAX
11. That’s All (Single Version)
by Ron Wynn
Courtesy All Music
It was the critic Leonard Feather who dubbed Ben Webster «the Clark Gable of the tenor saxophone, at once a brute and a hero». The opening two tracks of this 1953 vintage recording proves the point with a breathy, caressing «Tenderly» followed by an up-tempo «Jive At Six» with Webster sinking his teeth into the reed to produce an urgent, gutsy sound. The album couples the first two sessions Webster did for Verve producer Norman Granz, who made sure that the tenor saxophonist had colleagues of an equal stature. On all 11 tracks Webster is backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio plus a drummer and on five of them he is joined by Harry Edison and Benny Carter for some excellent mainstream jazz. The album contains the previously unissued minor key blues «Poutin'» and two takes each of «Bounce Blues» and a gorgeous ballad, «That’s All». Webster was a unique player who had complete control of the tenor and was capable of bringing his sound down to a whisper and then allowing it to die away leaving just a vibrating column of air in the instrument. This album demonstrates the artistry of a true giant at peak form. –Steve Voce
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Record Label: Prestige Records
Year Released: 1969
Στη διάρκεια της δεκαετίας του 60, ο Dexter Gordon (1923-1990) ζούσε στην Κοπεγχάγη και κατά διαστήματα επισκεπτόταν τις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες. Εκείνη την εποχή, στην Ευρώπη, οι μουσικοί της Τζαζ αντιμετωπίζονταν σαν καλλιτέχνες και όχι σαν «διασκεδαστές». Ο ρατσισμός επίσης ήταν σε πολύ μικρότερη κλίμακα.
1. MONMARTE 10:54
2. THE RAINBOW PEOPLE 8:49
3. STANLEY THE STEAMER 8:02
4. THOSE WERE THE DAYS 8:02
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1993, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Though tenor sax legend Gordon was living in Europe in the ’60s (where jazz players were treated as artists rather than «entertainers,» and where racism was less an issue), he would come back home to the USA to play and record. That’s where TOWER comes in, where a producer with brains paired Gordon with the equally legendary tenor saxophonist James Moody on the album’s easy-going yet spirited opener «Montmartre.» No dueling saxes–just a sheer, for-the-fun-of-it blowing session on a Gordon original.
As a matter of fact, almost all of TOWER’s tunes are Gordon originals–none of the usual standards. The exception is Mary Hopkin’s ’60s pop hit «Those Were the Days,» to which Gordon gives a regal treatment, adding to the song’s melancholy tone a thoughtful, pensive groove. The band are all masters of their instruments: piano legend Barry Harris, bassist Buster Williams (not well known when this album was originally released) and drummer Al «Tootie» Heath (brother of Percy and Jimmy). Down to earth, solid and swinging.
Recorded in New York, New York from April 2-4, 1969. Originally released on Prestige (7623). Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler.
Personnel: Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); James Moody (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Barry Harris (piano); Albert «Tootie» Heath (drums).
Recording information: New York, NY (04/02/1969/04/04/1969).
Photographer: Morty Yoss.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Albert «Tootie» Heath; Barry Harris ; Buster Williams.
Personnel: Dexter Gordon, James Moody (tenor saxophone); Barry Harris (piano); Buster Williams (bass); Al «Tootie» Heath (drums).