Manhattan Symphonie

Manhattan Symphonie

by Dexter Gordon


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Manhattan Symphonie was recorded just two days after Dexter Gordon's legendary gigs at the Village Vanguard with his working band of pianist George Cables, bassist Rufus Reid, and drummer Eddie Gladden. Produced by Michael, this set captures the true mastery of Gordon at his melodic peak. Some of the fire of the earlier bebop years has mellowed but, as evidenced by the opening ballad "As Time Goes By," none of his ability to reimagine melody, his trademark phrasing, and his sheer ability to transfer emotion is missing. Cables provides a solid foil for Gordon just as he did for Art Pepper. His large chord voicings are simultaneously insistent and utterly subtle, shading the harmony with enough depth to give Gordon room to really dig into them and blow. Other standouts here include a fine read of "Body and Soul," "LTD," and the beautiful "Tanya." The 2005 Legacy CD reissue includes a previously unreleased version of "Secret Love," and a read of Thelonious Monk's "Ruby My Dear," from the Great Encounters album. Pete Hammill's fine original notes are reproduced here, and there is a short, moving essay by Cables. The sound is warm, full, and utterly true.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0828767763323
catalogNumber: 77633
Rank: 44282

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dexter Gordon   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
George Cables   Piano
Rufus Reid   Bass
Eddie Gladden   Drums

Technical Credits

George Cables   Liner Notes
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Maxine Gregg   Executive Producer
Mark Wilder   Remixing
Pete Hamill   Liner Notes
Jerry Lee Smith   Engineer,Original Mix
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
Rosa Menkes   Reissue Producer
Ronald G. Harris   Cover Photo,Tray Photo
Norm Elrod   Packaging Manager
Herman Hupfeld   Composer

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