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Bethlehem Records’ legacy is a lengthy discography that freshly and ambitiously captures and preserves an era of truly amazing music, including West Coast Cool Jazz and East Coast Bop.
The lengthy, swinging tenor & rhythm formula that Dexter Gordon perfected coined him a major force in the emergence of modern tenor saxophone styles. The logical improvisations Gordon uses on Daddy Plays The Horn (6 songs / 42 min) are no exception to this formula.
The first track Daddy Plays The Horn is a happy, twelve bar blues, medium tempo track that was considered so good it became the title track. Note the clever stop-and-go introduction and coda Confirmation includes that is sandwiched between the opening and closing lines from Charlie Parker. Dexter carries the ball on ballads Darn That Dream and Number Four followed by his lovely, lyrical version of Autumn in New York. Dexter and company show their mighty command with You Can Depend On Me to conclude the album.
Release date: Aug 27, 2013