Dexter Gordon, an undisputed master of the tenor saxophone, has been making jazz history since the mid-40s. Fusing the rhythmic insouciance of Lester Young and the virile sensuality of Coleman Hawkins through the prism of bebop, Gordon forged a unique style that has influenced many musicians and left its mark on the hard bop genre.
After years of battling addiction, the musician enjoyed a creative renaissance in the early '60s. Despite a tumultuous career, Gordon managed to maintain his status as a leading musician on the jazz scene, leading him to collaborate with many of the genre's great names.
One of these pivotal moments took place on November 14, 1963, during a recording session in Berlin organized by the American alto saxophonist and arranger Herb Geller. Gordon was one of the "Special Guests" at this session, which brought together seasoned American musicians and talented young European soloists. The compositions resulting from this session, in a variety of styles, bear witness to Gordon's virtuosity and talent.
This musical encounter was particularly significant in that it enabled Gordon to collaborate with trumpeter Donald Byrd. Their exchange of styles and improvisational talents culminated in their sole collaboration on a Blue Note album, the sparkling "One Flight Up".
Dexter Gordon, a major figure in twentieth-century jazz, made a major contribution to the evolution of hard bop. His career, characterized by a distinctive musical style and a capacity for constant innovation, has firmly established him in musical history. In 1963, his meeting with the talented trumpeter Donald Byrd during a recording session in Berlin led to a unique collaboration, fusing their styles to give life to the exceptional album "One Flight Up". This precious piece of musical history is now accessible thanks to the reissue offered by The Lost Recordings.