Dexter Gordon - Featuring Joe Newman (1976)
Jazz, Hard Bop | MP3 320 kbps CBR | 56 min | 128 MB
Label: Monad | Rel: 1976
This live set is better than it appears at first glance. The recording quality is excellent and Dexter Gordon (who had recently returned to the U.S. after quite a few years in Europe) is in inspired form, really tearing into his solos with intensity. Trumpeter Joe Newman, who obviously had not played much with Gordon, has to fight to find a place for himself in the ensembles and is sometimes overextended in his solos, but his colorful tone is immediately recognizable. The rhythm section is fine in support with drummer Wilbur Campbell really pushing the group, and pianist Jodie Christian contributing some excellent solos.