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Dexter Gordon

ts, 1923-1990 US, Los Angeles
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. Dexter Keith Gordon

Born: February 27, 1923 // Los Angeles, California, United States Died: April 26, 1990 // Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States One of the most important tenor saxophonists to emerge during the bebop era. Gordon was initially inspired by Lester Young, but his intense playing and rich sound reflect the influence of Herschel Evans and Illinois Jacquet, big-toned tenor players of the 1930s and 1940s. Gordon, in turn, went on to be a major inspiration to the next generation including Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. Gordon's distinctive style included his humorous habit of quoting themes from other songs in solos and a tendency towards extended treatments of songs that sometimes lasted 20 minutes. After his Blue Note debut in 1961 on, Doin' Allright (with Freddie Hubbard and Horace Parlan) he recorded several classic albums for the label including, Go! (with Sonny Clark and Billy Higgins), Our Man in Paris (with Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke and Pierre Michelot) and One Flight Up (with Donald Byrd and Kenny Drew).

  • Tenor sax
  • Soprano sax
  • Vocals
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry - Rudy Van Gelder Edition/Remastered 1999 on Go! by Dexter Gordon
I'm A Fool To Want You on Clubhouse by Dexter Gordon
The Shadow of Your Smile on A Day in Copenhagen by Dexter Gordon & Slide Hampton
Cry Me A River on Dexter Blows Hot & Cool by Dexter Gordon
A Night In Tunisia - Rudy Van Gelder Edition / 2003 Remaster on Our Man In Paris by Dexter Gordon
Le Coiffeur on Gettin' Around by Dexter Gordon
Cheese Cake - Remastered 1999/Rudy Van Gelder Edition on Go! by Dexter Gordon
Blue bossa on Biting The Apple by Dexter Gordon
Ernie's Tune on Dexter Calling by Dexter Gordon
(It Will Have To Do) Until The Real Thing Comes Along - Remastered on A Swingin' Affair by Dexter Gordon

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Title Artist Year Type
Live At The Playboy Jazz FestivalDexter Gordon2018Album
1962: Two Days In AugustDexter Gordon2018Album
Have No Fear, Dex Is HereDexter Gordon2018Album
In The CaveDexter Gordon2018Album
Walk The BluesDexter Gordon2017Album
The Resurgence Of Dexter Gordon: From Los Angeles To New YorkDexter Gordon2017Compil.
Village Vanguard, NYC February '83Dexter Gordon2016Album
Fried BananasDexter Gordon2016Album
5 Original AlbumsDexter Gordon2016Album
Four Classic AlbumsDexter Gordon2016Compil.
12 Classic Albums 1947 - 1962Dexter Gordon2015Compil.
Go! + A Swingin' AffairDexter Gordon2014Compil.
Candlelight LadyDexter Gordon2014Album
Jazz Trio Live With GuestsJazz Live Trio With Dexter Gordon, Magog2014Album
Go! + A Swingin' AffairDexter Gordon2014Album
Soy Califa - Live From Magleaas Højskole 1967Dexter Gordon2014Album
Three Classic Albums Plus (Leader & Sideman)Dexter Gordon2014Compil.
North Sea Jazz Legendary ConcertsDexter Gordon2013Album
Doin' All Right + A Swingin' AffairDexter Gordon2013Compil.
Live In Holland & Denmark 1972Charles Mingus Sextet Guest Star Dexter Gordon2013Album
The Ultimate Dexter GordonDexter Gordon2012Compil.
Night Ballads Montreal 1977Dexter Gordon2012Album
Satin DollDexter Gordon2012Album
Six Classic AlbumsDexter Gordon2012Compil.
The Resurgence Of Dexter GordonDexter Gordon2011Compil.
Dexter BlowsDexter Gordon2011Compil.
4 AlbumsDexter Gordon2011Compil.
Dexter Gordon On DialDexter Gordon2011Compil.
The Complete Columbia Albums CollectionDexter Gordon2011Compil.
Kind Of GordonDexter Gordon2009Album
In Chronology - 1947-1952Dexter Gordon2009Album
The Complete Hamburg Concert 1974Dexter Gordon2008Album
The ComebackDexter Gordon2008Compil.
DextivityDexter Gordon2007Compil.
Smoking JazzDexter Gordon2007Compil.
Live In '63 & '64Dexter Gordon2007Album
DuelsDexter Gordon2006Compil.
Music For LoversDexter Gordon2006Compil.
Blow Mr. DexterDexter Gordon2005Compil.
Stella By StarlightDexter Gordon2005Album
Jazz Moods - 'Round MidnightDexter Gordon2005Compil.
Dexter Digs In: The Young Dexter GordonDexter Gordon2005Compil.
Jazz Essentials Featuring Take FiveDave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Sonny Stitt, Freddie Hubbard, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Pat Metheny2005Compil.
LadybirdDexter Gordon2005Album
HeartachesDexter Gordon2004Album
MistyDexter Gordon2004Album
Loose WalkDexter Gordon2004Album
The Complete Prestige RecordingsDexter Gordon2004Compil.
Jazz Ballads 17: Tenor GiantsDexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Sonny Stitt, Illinois Jacquet, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims and Flip Phillips2004Compil.
Mosaic SelectDexter Gordon2004Compil.
Wee DotDexter Gordon2003Album
Live At The Both/And Club San Francisco August 7, 1970Dexter Gordon2003Album
The Classic Blue Note RecordingsDexter Gordon2003Compil.
Atlanta Georgia May 5, 1981Dexter Gordon2003Album
Jazz ArchivesDexter Gordon2002Compil.
Jazz At HighschoolDexter Gordon Featuring Kenny Drew, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Albert Heath2002Album
The Rainbow PeopleDexter Gordon - Benny Bailey2002Album
Sony Jazz Trios - Jazz SoundtracksCharlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Dexter Gordon2002Compil.
XXL - Live At The Left BankDexter Gordon2002Album
Settin' The PaceDexter Gordon2001Compil.
L.T.D. Live At The Left BankDexter Gordon2001Album
The SquirrelDexter Gordon2001Album
The Best Of Dexter GordonDexter Gordon2001Compil.
Legends Of Jazz Part 1Lionel Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Rich2000Compil.
DextroseDexter Gordon2000Compil.
Central Avenue Sounds, Jazz In Los Angeles (1921-1956)Wardell Gray, Nat King Cole, Dexter Gordon, Jelly Roll Morton, T-Bone Walker, Art Tatum, Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus, Gerald Wilson, Benny Carter1999Compil.
The Complete Savoy & Dial Master TakesDexter Gordon1999Compil.
In A Soulful MoodDexter Gordon1999Compil.
The Blue Note YearsDexter Gordon1999Compil.
Baden 1972Ben Webster - Dexter Gordon1998Album
Live At Carnegie HallDexter Gordon1998Album
Dexter Gordon With Wardell GrayDexter Gordon With Wardell Gray1998Compil.
Settin' The PaceDexter Gordon1998Compil.
1943-1947Dexter Gordon1998Compil.
The Art Of The BalladDexter Gordon1998Compil.
Jazz ProfileDexter Gordon1998Compil.
Volume 1: Young Dex (1941-1944)Dexter Gordon1997Compil.
The Bebop MastersDexter Gordon / Wardell Gray1997Compil.
The ResurgenceDexter Gordon1997Album
Tenor TitansDexter Gordon And Ben Webster1997Compil.
1943/1946Dexter Gordon1997Compil.
History Of Jazz Vol.8Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Mal Waldron, Barney Kessel, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Wardell Gray, Kenny Clarke, Hampton Hawes1996Compil.
BackstairsDexter Gordon1996Album
Dexter Gordon - The Jazz Masters - 100 Anos De SwingDexter Gordon1996Album
Live at the Montmartre JazzhusDexter Gordon1996Compil.
The Three Tenors - Titans Of The Tenor Sax. Blue Notables Vol. 1Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane1996Compil.
Body And SoulDexter Gordon1996Compil.
Blue Dex: Dexter Gordon Plays The BluesDexter Gordon1996Compil.
Dexter Rides AgainDexter Gordon1996Album
The Complete Blue Note Sixties SessionsDexter Gordon1996Album
Dexter Gordon Featuring Joe NewmanDexter Gordon Featuring Joe Newman1995Album
Autumn In New YorkDexter Gordon1995Compil.
Dexter GordonDexter Gordon1995Compil.
Those Were The DaysDexter Gordon1994Compil.
DexterityDexter Gordon1994Compil.
Sound Of Jazz Vol. 24Dexter Gordon1994Compil.
Dexter's MoodDexter Gordon1994Compil.
Nostalgia (Fats Navarro Memorial No. 2)Fats Navarro, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Tadd Dameron, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis1993Compil.
Setting The PaceBooker Ervin With Dexter Gordon1993Compil.
A Gordon CantataDexter Gordon1992Album
Volume 2 Lullaby of BirdlandDexter Gordon1992Compil.
Dexter GordonDexter Gordon1992Compil.
The Great HornsBen Webster, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane1992Compil.
BalladsDexter Gordon1991Compil.
The ChaseDexter Gordon1991Compil.
Montmartre Summit 1973Jackie McLean & Dexter Gordon1991Compil.
The Tower Of Power! / More Power!Dexter Gordon1991Compil.
Nostalgia (Fats Navarro Memorial No. 2)Fats Navarro, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Tadd Dameron, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis1991Album
Dexter GordonDexter Gordon1991Compil.
Nights At The Keystone Volume 1Dexter Gordon1990Album
DextroseDexter Gordon1990Compil.
Nights At The Keystone Volume 2Dexter Gordon1990Album
Benny Carter And His OrchestraBenny Carter And His Orchestra Feat. Miles Davis & Dexter Gordon1990Compil.
Nights At The Keystone Volume 3Dexter Gordon1990Album
Dexter Gordon PlaysDexter Gordon1990Compil.
Dexter GordonDexter Gordon1990Compil.
Top TenorsBen Webster, Dexter Gordon1990Album
The ChaseWardell Gray Guest: Dexter Gordon1990Compil.
1952-1955Dexter Gordon1989Compil.
Midnight DreamDexter Gordon1989Compil.
Dexter GordonDexter Gordon1989Compil.
Come Rain Or Come ShineDexter Gordon1989Compil.
Take The 'A' TrainDexter Gordon1989Album
The Blue Note YearsDexter Gordon1988Compil.
Both Sides Of MidnightDexter Gordon1988Album
The Savoy Recordings Part 2Stan Getz & Dexter Gordon1988Compil.
As Time Goes ByDexter Gordon1988Compil.
Body And SoulDexter Gordon1988Album
Body & SoulDexter Gordon1988Album
The Best Of Dexter GordonDexter Gordon1988Compil.
Midnight BluesLionel Hampton, Dexter Gordon Featuring Coleman Hawkins1987Compil.
The Other Side Of Round MidnightDexter Gordon1986Album
At MontreuxDexter Gordon With Junior Mance1985Album
At MontreuxDexter Gordon With Junior Mance1985Album
Master Takes. The Savoy RecordingsDexter Gordon With Bud Powell, Fats Navarro, Tadd Dameron1985Compil.
Nights At The KeystoneDexter Gordon1985Album
American ClassicDexter Gordon1982Album
Gotham CityDexter Gordon1981Album
Gordon's GothamDexter Gordon1981Album
Jive FernandoDexter Gordon1981Album
The Ballad AlbumDexter Gordon1981Compil.
The Best Of Dexter GordonDexter Gordon1980Compil.
The Chase And The Steeple ChaseWardell Gray / Dexter Gordon - Paul Quinichette And His Orchestra1980Compil.
Move!Dexter Gordon1980Compil.
Live At The Amsterdam Paradiso Volume OneDexter Gordon1980Album
LandslideDexter Gordon1980Album
Live At The Amsterdam Paradiso Volume TwoDexter Gordon1980Album
ClubhouseDexter Gordon1979Album
Cry Me A RiverDexter Gordon & Atli Bjørn Trio1978Album
Montmartre Collection Volume 3Dexter Gordon1978Album
The Chase And The SteeplechaseWardell Gray & Dexter Gordon1978Compil.
Great EncountersDexter Gordon1978Album
Power!Dexter Gordon1978Compil.
Best Jazz WestDexter Gordon, Carl Perkins, Buddy Collette, Curtis Counce1977Compil.
The HuntDexter Gordon & Wardell Gray1977Compil.
True BlueAl Cohn, Dexter Gordon, Barry Harris, Louis Hayes, Sam Jones, Blue Mitchell, Sam Noto1977Album
Who's Who In Jazz Presents: Lionel Hampton With Dexter GordonLionel Hampton With Dexter Gordon1977Album
The HuntDexter Gordon & Wardell Gray1977Compil.
Homecoming - Live At The Village VanguardDexter Gordon1977Album
Jazz UndulationJohnny Griffin Meets Dexter Gordon1977Album
Silver BlueAl Cohn, Dexter Gordon, Barry Harris, Louis Hayes, Sam Jones, Blue Mitchell, Sam Noto1977Album
Sophisticated GiantDexter Gordon1977Album
Long Tall DexterDexter Gordon1976Compil.
The ChaseDexter Gordon1976Compil.
Bebop Revisited, Vol. 1Dexter Gordon / Fats Navarro / Chubby Jackson1975Compil.
TangerineDexter Gordon1975Album
Dexter GordonDexter Gordon1975Compil.
The Source Vol.2Jackie McLean feat. Dexter Gordon1974Album
The Meeting Vol.1Jackie McLean Featuring Dexter Gordon1974Album
The Montmartre CollectionDexter Gordon1974Compil.
Blues A La SuisseDexter Gordon1974Album
Blues Walk! The Montmartre Collection Vol. IIDexter Gordon1974Album
Ca' PurangeDexter Gordon1973Album
Battle Of Tenor SaxesColeman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Gene Ammons, Ike Quebec, Paul Gonsalves, Illinois Jacquet, Lester Young, Dexter Gordon, Allen Eager, Warne Marsh, James Moody, Wardell Gray1973Album
Parisian ConcertSonny Grey, Dexter Gordon, Georges Arvanitas Trio1973Album
Lady Like (Miriam Klein Sings Billie Holiday)Miriam Klein, Roy Eldridge, Dexter Gordon, Slide Hampton1973Album
GenerationDexter Gordon1973Album
The Foremost!Teddy Edwards, Dexter Gordon, Leo Parker, Wardell Gray1972Compil.
All Souls'Rob Agerbeek Trio Featuring Dexter Gordon1972Album
Live At The Amsterdam ParadisoDexter Gordon1971Album
The Chase!Gene Ammons & Dexter Gordon1971Album
The Monmartre Collection Vol. 1Dexter Gordon1971Album
Some Other Spring, Blues And BalladsKarin Krog & Dexter Gordon1970Album
The Panther!Dexter Gordon1970Album
The Jumpin' BluesDexter Gordon1970Album
The Dial SessionsDexter Gordon1969Compil.
More Power!Dexter Gordon1969Album
The Tower Of Power!Dexter Gordon1969Album
A Day In CopenhagenDexter Gordon & Slide Hampton1969Album
Setting The PaceBooker Ervin With Dexter Gordon1967Album
Gettin' AroundDexter Gordon1966Album
The Master Swingers!Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray1966Album
One Flight UpDexter Gordon1964Album
Our Man In ParisDexter Gordon1963Album
Go!Dexter Gordon1962Album
A Swingin' AffairDexter Gordon1962Album
Dexter Calling . . .Dexter Gordon1961Album
Soul SisterDexter Gordon1961Single
Doin' AllrightDexter Gordon1961Album
Ernie's Tune / Model MoodDexter Gordon1961Single
The Resurgence Of Dexter GordonDexter Gordon1960Album
Nostalgia (Fats Navarro Memorial No. 2)Fats Navarro, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Tadd Dameron, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis1958Compil.
West Coast Jazz ConcertDexter Gordon, Barney Kessel, Wardell Gray, Sonny Criss, Hampton Hawes, Harry Babasin, Howard McGhee1957Album
Cry Me A RiverDexter Gordon1956Single
Number Four / Darn That DreamDexter Gordon1955Single
ConfirmationDexter Gordon1955Single
Dexter Blows Hot And CoolDexter Gordon1955Album
Daddy Plays The HornDexter Gordon1955Album
The Chase And The SteeplechaseWardell Gray & Dexter Gordon1952Album
New Trends Of Jazz - Volume 3Dexter Gordon1952Album
Hollywood Jazz Session - Vol. 1Dexter Gordon / Wardell Gray / Howard McGhee / Trummy Young / Barney Kessel / Hampton Hawes, Ken Kennedy, Leroy Gray1952Album
Good Bait / Wee DotJames Moody & His Cool Cats / Dexter Gordon, Leo Parker New Sound Group1950Album
Dexter GordonDexter Gordon1950Album
Oh,Well! / Sweet and LovelyJames Moody Quintet / Dexter Gordon1948Album
Blow Mr. Dexter / Dexter's DeckDexter Gordon1947Album
The DuelDexter Gordon, Teddy Edwards1947Album
Jeronimo - Part 5 / 6Howard McGhee And His Orchestra Featuring Dexter Gordon1947Album
The ChaseDexter Gordon & Wardell Gray1947Album
Bop After HoursDexter Gordon1947Album
The Hunt - Part 5 / 6Dexter Gordon & Wardell Gray1947Album
The Hunt - Part 7 / 8Dexter Gordon & Wardell Gray1947Album
For All We KnowDexter GordonCompil.
New Sound In Modern MusicDexter GordonAlbum
The Savoy RecordingsStan Getz & Dexter GordonCompil.
The DuelEddie Edwards And Dexter GordonAlbum
Gone With The WindDexter Gordon / Fats NavarroCompil.
Confirmation (Part 1) / Confirmation (Part 2)Dexter GordonSingle
Isn't She Lovely / FenjaDexter GordonSingle
Five Tenor Brothers (Metronome Presents Six Sides Of Modern Jazz)Al Cohn, Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Rolf Blomquist, James MoodyAlbum
New Trends Of Jazz, Vol. 3Dexter GordonSingle
Broadcasts - Never On LP BeforeCharles Mingus, Dexter Gordon Plus A Charming Item By Charlie ParkerAlbum
New Trends Of Jazz, Vol. 4Dexter GordonSingle
More Than You Know EPNiko Bellotto & Pawel Kobak / Dexter GordonAlbum
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