Personnel: Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); Hampton Hawes (piano, electric piano); Wynton Kelly, Cedar Walton, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, Hank Jones, Junior Mance (piano); Sam Jones, Buster Williams, Larry Ridley, Stanley Clarke, Martin Rivera (bass); Bob Cranshaw (electric bass); Roy Brooks, Billy Higgins, Alan Dawson, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Louis Hayes, Kenny Clarke, Oliver Jackson (drums).
Producers: Don Schlitten, Ozzie Cadena, Orrin Keepnews, Joel Dorn, Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded from 1969 to 1973. Includes liner notes by Neil Tesser.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1998, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
This is part of Prestige's The Art Of The Ballad series.
Personnel: Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); Thad Jones (trumpet); Hampton Hawes (piano, electric piano); Hank Jones , Junior Mance, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris , Wynton Kelly, Cedar Walton (piano); Bob Cranshaw (electric bass); Kenny Clarke, Alan Dawson , Albert "Tootie" Heath, Louis Hayes, Oliver Jackson, Roy Brooks, Billy Higgins (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Neil Tesser.
Recording information: England (04/02/1969-07/07/1973); Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland (04/02/1969-07/07/1973); New York, NY (04/02/1969-07/07/1973); RCA Recording Studios, New York, NY (04/02/1969-07/07/1973); Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, NJ (04/02/1969-07/07/1973).
Photographer: Jamie Putnam.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Hampton Hawes; Hank Jones ; Junior Mance; Kenny Clarke; Larry Ridley; Alan Dawson ; Albert "Tootie" Heath; Louis Hayes; Oliver Jackson; Roy Brooks; Sam Jones; Stanley Clarke ; Tommy Flanagan; Barry Harris ; Wynton Kelly; Thad Jones; Billy Higgins ; Bob Cranshaw; Martin Rivera; Buster Williams; Cedar Walton.
Part of Fantasy's The Art of the Ballad repackaging series, the Dexter Gordon volume has a limited window of opportunity, a period when the massive man was living in Europe and had only a fleeting presence in America at most. Nevertheless, he was still in fine, majestic form in those years, from which this CD takes nine samplings. Though the material mostly consists of standard ballads with acoustic hard bop combos, Gordon was not completely oblivious to the times, and those moments frankly are the high points of the disc. He takes on two folk tunes turned Top 40 hits, "Those Were the Days" and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," turning in deeply felt, soulful performances with both, and "Some Other Spring," live from Montreux, has lovely electric piano and electric bass backing. Nearly half of these tracks, including the latter two mentioned above, have not been previously reissued on CD, so Gordon fans who have junked their turntables may want to have this around until the entire catalog reappears. ~ Richard S. Ginell