Dexter Gordon – Settin’ the Pace (2001)

Dexter Gordon - Settin' the Pace (2001)
Artist: Dexter Gordon
Album: Settin’ the Pace
Genre: Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 2001
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

Tracklist:
CD 1 – Blowing The Blues Away:
01. I’ve Found A New Baby (4:41)
02. Rosetta (5:08)
03. Sweet Lorraine (4:54)
04. Blowed And Gone (4:44)
05. Blowing The Blues Away (3:08)
06. Broovin’ High (2:39)
07. Blue ‘n’ Boogie (3:01)
08. Lonesome Lover Blues (2:49)
09. Last Night (3:03)
10. Honeysuckle Rose (8:00)
11. Takin’ Off (3:09)
12. If I Had You (3:03)
13. The Street Beat (2:34)
14. Blow Mr. Dexter (2:59)
15. Dexter’s Deck (2:57)
16. Dexter’s Cuttin’ Out (3:10)
17. Dexter’s Minor Mad (2:44)
18. Looking For A Boy (2:54)

CD 2 – The Chase:
01. Long Tall Dexter (3:04)
02. Dexter Rides Again (3:16)
03. I Can’t Escape From You (3:16)
04. Dexter Digs In (2:58)
05. Jump Call (4:14)
06. Mischievous Lady (2:48)
07. Lullaby In Rhythm (3:05)
08. The Chase (6:50)
09. Chromatic Aberration (3:06)
10. Talk Of The Town (3:24)
11. Blues Bikini (3:39)
12. The Hunt (18:26)
13. Byas A Drink (19:40)

CD 3 – Bop:
1. Disorder At The Border (19:46)
2. Cherokee (21:39)
3. After Hours Bop (16:51)
4. I’ll Follow You (2:32)
5. Bop (3:04)
6. Ghost Of A Chance (3:05)
7. Sweet And Lovely (2:52)

CD 4 – Dexter’s Mood:
01. Hornin’ In (7:33)
02. The Duel (5:29)
03. Settin’ The Pace (5:57)
04. So Easy (2:41)
05. Dexter’s Riff (3:02)
06. Wee Dot (2:43)
07. Lion Roars (2:58)
08. Dexter’s Mood (2:54)
09. Dextrose (2:51)
10. Index (3:06)
11. Dextivity (3:02)
12. Sid’s Delight (2:56)
13. Move (9:57)
14. Ain’t Gonna Quit You Baby (2:54)
15. Helen’s Advice (2:49)
16. Knockin’ Myself Out (2:20)
17. Airplane Blues (2:33)

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One of the most important yet overlooked figures in jazz is given his due with this amazing four-disc set on Proper. Going for the label’s usual bargain-basement rate (roughly 20 dollars a pop), Settin’ the Pace rounds up 55 of the tenor innovator’s bop sides from the latter half of the ’40s. Replete with a handsome and bulky booklet full of excellent photos, notes, and sessionographies, this import makes a solid case for Gordon being the key link between early tenor giants like Coleman Hawkins and hard bop upstart Sonny Rollins. Besides that, there’s a consistently solid array of classic bop cuts. Whether backing up Billy Eckstine (“Blowin’ the Blues Away”) and Dizzy Gillespie (“Groovin’ High”) or with his own combos (“Dexter’s Deck”), Gordon is in top form throughout. Settin’ the Pace, indeed.
Review by Stephen Cook

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