Dexter Gordon - Espace Cardin 1977
- Production companies: Elemental Music (Espagne) / INA
- Broadcaster / Distributor: Elemental Music (Espagne)
- Type of use: Commerciale
In 1977, saxophonist Dexter Gordon was in the midst of major shifts in his life and his career. He had signed with a major label for the first time. He was in the process of returning to the United States after 15 years in Europe. He was about to take up residency in New York City where he had spent very little time since the late ‘40s. At the age of 55, he was in the process of forming and leading his first permanent working band. Amid all this activity and change comes this Paris concert from September 25, 1977.
What makes it so unique is that it is the only recording of Dexter playing with Al Haig, among the first and best pianists to absorb and apply the new language of bebop to the piano. The quartet also includes pioneer bebop drummer Kenny (Klook) Clarke and French bassist Pierre Michelot.
(Excerpts retrieved from the booklet by Michael Cuscuna)
In this album produced by Elemental Music in partnership with INA, the Quartet plays:
- "Sticky wicket" de Dexter Gordon (13'14)
- "A la modal" de Dexter Gordon (13'46)
- "Body and soul" de Frank Eyton / John Green / Edward Heyman / Robert Sour (14'05)
- "Antabus" de Dexter Gordon (8'51)
- "Oléo" de Sonny Rollins (10'21)
The Al Haig trio plays:
-"Round midnight" de Thelonious Monk (8'15”)