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Dexter Gordon/Ben Webster: Tenor Titans

Album Notes

Personnel: Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Michael Hove (alto saxophone); Knud Bjorno, Jesper Nehammer (tenor saxophone); Palle Mikkelborg, Erik Tschenter, Lars Togeby, Niels Riskaer (trumpet); Peter Westh, Kjeld Ipsen (trombone); Thomas Clausen (piano); Torben Munk (guitar); Bo Stief, Svend Baring (bass): Kasper Winding (drums, percussion); Alex Riel (drums).

Kenny Drew Trio: Kenny Drew (piano); Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass); Bjarne Rostvold (drums).

Producers include: Erik Moseholm, Borge RogerHenrichsen.

Recorded in July & August 1969 and on March 23, 1972. Includes liner notes by Mark Gardner.

Although Dexter Gordon and Ben Webster both spent long period living in Europe, one does not usually associate the two classic tenor saxophonists with each other, since Webster was a swing stylist while Gordon emerged during the bop era. However, there was a lot of common ground between the two, and their careers overlapped on a few occasions. This 1997 CD has a couple of previously unreleased meetings between the two. Separately, Gordon is featured on his own basic tune "Sticky Wicket" with a quartet, and with an orchestra on "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me." Webster takes "Our Love Is Here to Stay" from the same 1972 concert. But their collaborations actually are all from a 1969 set. They share a ballad medley and then jam on extended versions of "Perdido," "In a Mellotone" and "C Jam Blues." Although Gordon was meeting Webster on his own turf, Dexter has no difficulty and actually takes the longest solos. It is a rare joy hearing the two distinctive tenors playing together, making this an easily recommended disc. ~ Scott Yanow


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