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Live At The Playboy Jazz Festival

Dexter Gordon
Live At The Playboy Jazz Festival


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Artist: Dexter Gordon

Title: Live At The Playboy Jazz Festival

Config/Selection: A / ROGV-063

Units per set: 1

SRP: 24.98

UPC # 081227924065

Limited stock available NOW

1LP, 180g vinyl RSD exclusive


* Includes two previously unreleased tracks and two unedited tracks from newly found archival tapes of the complete set that Dexter recorded at the Hollywood Bowl in 1982 with Woody Shaw on trumpet (featured on all tracks) and Milt Jackson on vibraphone ( featured on 2 tracks).

* Sourced from the original analog master tapes with lacquers cut at Sam Phillips Recording Studio.

* The LP is pressed at Record Industry on 180g black vinyl. The single pocket tip-on jacket with 11x11 insert was manufactured by Stoughton Printing Company.

* Only 2000 made. Very limited stock available. Will not be repressed.


Dexter Gordon is one of the most important Jazz tenor saxophonists to ever play and one of the original architects of bebop along with contemporaries Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk. Originally from Los Angeles, Long Tall Dexter, who stood 6’6”, started playing clarinet from the age of 13 before switching to sax at 15. While still at school he played in bands with such contemporaries as Chico Hamilton and Buddy Collette, and in the mid-1940s Dex cut his chops sitting in with all the major big bands led by Lionel Hampton, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong and Billy Eckstine. His major influence was Lester Young and Gordon in turn was an early influence on John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins.

In his 40+ year career, he recorded many albums for labels such as Savoy, Dial, Bethlehem, Prestige, Blue Note, Steeplechase, and many more. His accolades include: Downbeat Musician of the Year (1978 & 1980), an induction into the Jazz Hall of Fame, and the National Endowment for the Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement (both in 1980). After entering into film in the ‘80s, he was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for his lead role of Dale Turner in the 1986 movie, Round Midnight and won a Best Jazz Instrumental Performance Soloist Grammy® for the soundtrack album The Other Side of Round Midnight. He also had a cameo role in the 1990 movie, Awakenings.

In 1982, Dexter returned home to play the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl with his working rhythm section of Kirk Lightsey, David Eubanks and Eddie Gladden, and featuring Woody Shaw as the set’s guest artist, as well as surprise guest Milt Jackson. Michael Cuscuna, Dexter’s producer at the time, was so enamored with the set that he wanted to put the music out in its entirety as Dex’s third album for Elektra. Milt Jackson was signed to Pablo Records and the 2 songs that he played on were not allowed to be issued. Instead, 2 songs were issued in 1984 as a various artists

collection titled Live in Performance at The Playboy Jazz Festival in heavily edited form. Fast forward to 2018, Michael Cuscuna happened to stumble across the original analog tapes of the set while cleaning out his storage room. With his invaluable assistance we found the entire set on those reels that includes two completely unissued tracks in “Bag’s Groove” and “The Blues” featuring Milt Jackson and the full unedited versions of “Fried Bananas” and “You’ve Changed” from the ‘84 release.

Track Listing:

Side A

1 Introduction

2 Fried Bananas

3 Bag’s Groove

Side B

1 You’ve Changed

2 The Blues