JAZZ ALBUMS RECORDED:

Dexter Gordon – Go! (1962)
Track Listing:
1. Cheese Cake
2. I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out
    to Dry
3. Second Balcony Jump
4. Love for Sale
5. Where Are You?
6. Three O’Clock in the Morning

Review by Stacia Proefrock at Allmusic:
From the first moments when Dexter Gordon sails into the opening song full of brightness and confidence, it is obvious that Go! is going to be one of those albums where everything just seems to come together magically. A stellar quartet including the stylish pianist Sonny Clark, the agile drummer Billy Higgins, and the solid yet flexible bassist Butch Warren are absolutely crucial in making this album work, but it is still Gordon who shines. Whether he is dropping quotes into "Three O'Clock in the Morning" or running around with spritely bop phrases in "Cheese Cake," the album pops and crackles with energy and exuberance. Beautiful ballads like "I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry" metamorphosize that energy into emotion and passion, but you can still see it there nonetheless. Gordon had many high points in his five decade-long career, but this is certainly the peak of it all.

George Russell Sextet – The Outer View (1962)
Track Listing:
1. Au Privave
2. Zig-Zag
3. The Outer View
4. The Outer View
5. You Are My Sunshine
6. D.C. Divertimento

Review by Scott Yanow at Allmusic:
Composer George Russell's early-'60s Riverside recordings are among his most accessible. For this set (the CD reissue adds an alternate take of the title cut to the original program), Russell and his very impressive sextet (which is comprised of trumpeter Don Ellis, trombonist Garnett Brown, Paul Plummer on tenor, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Pete La Roca) are challenged by the complex material; even Charlie Parker's blues "Au Privave" is transformed into something new. It is particularly interesting to hear Don Ellis this early in his career. The most famous selection, a very haunting version of "You Are My Sunshine," was singer Sheila Jordan's debut on records.
 


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