Personnel: Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); Vi Redd (vocals); Gene Ammons, James Moody (tenor saxophone); Thad Jones (trumpet, flugelhorn); Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, Junior Mance, Jodie Christian, Hank Jones, Wynton Kelly (piano); Hampton Hawes (electric piano); Stanley Clarke, Sam Jones, Rufus Reid, Buster Williams, Larry Ridley, Martin Rivera (bass); Bob Cranshaw (electric bass); Kenny Clarke, Louis Hayes, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Alan Dawson, Oliver Jackson, Wilbur Campbell, Roy Brooks (drums).
Producers include: Don Schlitten, Ozzie Cadena, Orrin Keepnews, Joel Dorn,
Compilation producer: Ed Michel.
Recorded between 1969 and 1973. Includes liner notes by Paul Halvonik.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1996, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); Vi Redd (vocals); Gene Ammons, James Moody (tenor saxophone); Thad Jones (trumpet, flugelhorn); Hank Jones , Jodie Christian, Junior Mance, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris , Wynton Kelly (piano); Hampton Hawes (electric piano); Bob Cranshaw (Fender Rhodes piano, electric bass); Kenny Clarke, Alan Dawson , Albert "Tootie" Heath, Louis Hayes, Oliver Jackson, Roy Brooks, Wilbur Campbell (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Paul Halvonik.
Recording information: Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland (04/02/1969-07/07/1973); North Park Hotel, Chicago, IL (04/02/1969-07/07/1973); The North Park Hotel, Chicago, IL (04/02/1969-07/07/1973); Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (04/02/1969-07/07/1973).
Photographer: Jamie Putnam.
Unknown Contributor Role: Kenny Clarke.
The seven songs on BLUE DEX have been gathered from several different releases recorded from 1969 to 1973. At this point in his career, Gordon had cleaned himself up and relocated to Europe after surviving drug addiction and a conviction that had severely diminished his stature. In Europe, he got his career back on track and basked in the warmth of appreciative European audiences.
Dexter Gordon's long-standing love of the blues goes back to 1940, when the 17-year-old Gordon played with Lionel Hampton's band, engaging in saxophone duels with the great Illinois Jacquet. On the first track here, "Sticky Wicket," Gordon and James Moody engage in a similar battle. "Lonesome Lover Blues," one of the songs Gordon recorded with Billy Eckstine's bebop band in 1944, is included here in a scintillating live version. The most traditional-sounding blues on the collection and its lone vocal number, it is bolstered by the emphatic singing of Vi Redd and enhanced by casual stage patter and ambient noise. Gordon stretches out with some mesmerizing solo work on Thelonious Monk's "Blue Monk," and "The Jumpin' Blues" lives up to its name.