• dexter gordon Fried Bananas (CD, £10.95)

    Due to popular demand, Gearbox Records release the acclaimed album ‘Fried Bananas for the first time on CD, beautifully presented in their trademark mini-replica LP style packaging.  The great tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon moved to Europe in 1962. Ten years later he was living in Copenhagen when he went on the road with a Dutch rhythm section consisting of pianist Rein de Graaff, double bassist Henk Haverhoek and drummer Eric Ineke. This was quite unusual, as Dexter mostly toured as a solo artist working with local musicians in each town. By the time their performance at the Societiet Progress in Heemskerk was recorded for broadcast by VPRO, the quartet had been playing together regularly for two months. Dexter and his Dutch band had developed a deep rapport and understanding that’s clearly evident on the three extended tracks on this record. These are two of his signature compositions, ‘The Panther’ and ‘Fried Bananas’, plus the iconic Coleman Hawkins classic ‘Body And Soul’.  Includes an insert featuring fascinating liner notes by Dexter’s wife Maxine Gordon, with reminiscences and insights from drummer Eric Ineke and pianist Rein de Graaff.  “On listening to this excellent album you are left feeling that Dexter’s stature in Jazz today should be much bigger than it is” - Jazzwise (****)  “A valuable album that Gordon collectors will savour” - New York City Jazz Record

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