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This previously unreleased live recording captures Dexter Gordon (1923-1990) in concert with perhaps his finest, and most consistent, rhythm section. Pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath - the house band at Jazzhus in Copenhagen, where Gordon lived and played regularly for 14 years during the 1960s and '70s - joined the towering tenor saxophonist for this performance at Tokyo's Yubin Chokin Hall on Oct. 1, 1975. The well-seasoned group gets right to business, kicking off the set with "Fried Bananas," a signature Gordon original that was first recorded on his 1969 album More Power! The rest of the set includes two standards - "Days of Wine and Roses," and "Misty" - plus the show closer, Billy Eckstine's innuendo-rich "Jelly, Jelly," the lyric of which Gordon sings, to the audience's delight.
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