Dexter Gordon | Clubhouse
Blue Note Tone Poet 2019 RE
Recorded in 1965 and not released until 1979, the album features great, but not essential material. If you’re a fan and collector, it’s akin to a great sentence in a lifelong book of material. .
The unison horn lines are a bit sloppy, like the night before went too long and the tempo of “Hank Panky” is an interesting choice. However “I’m a Fool To Want You” features my favorite sound and feel from Dexter. Breathy, round and whiskey soaked. Slightly languid, It’s a lovely interpretation. Freddie Hubbard is terrific on this track. Side 2 rewards with a similar ballad in “Jodi”. Higgins drums are tight and restrained through the recording and Cranshaw marks time, outlines changes well. Harris on piano is almost old school sounding, even for the time. However I appreciate his judicious note choice.
This is another terrific Tone Poet RE. A nearly flat disk, dead quiet and full of detail. I especially like the air around the drums and the full spectrum tenor sound.
Surprises are the detail in the cymbals, the air on the horns and the full spectrum sound. My CD lacks the bottom of this RE and feels over hyped in the high frequencies. Since this is an RVG recording the piano sounds like a toy and is overly compressed and the soundstage is the overly exaggerated channel separation of the horns. But... it’s the classic Blue Note sound. These recordings are historical documents more important than audiophile presentations of the material. .
Soft, buttery and somewhat languid, the album mixes moods from barely medium up-tempo numbers that sound like the beginning of a final set, to ballads that sound like morning light is soon approaching. All in all a great RE and well presented in vinyl.