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By Dexter Gordon. By Antonio Maria, Eddie Barefield, Johnny Richards, Saunders King, Dexter Gordon, Erroll Garner, Luiz Bonfa (1922-), and Sonny Stitt. Jazz. Jazz. CD. Naxos #SVL1018410. Published by Naxos (NX.SVL1018410).
Item Number: NX.SVL1018410
Listening to this album takes you back to the atmosphere and sound of Jazzhus Montmartre on a random night in the 1960s, engulfing you in Dexter Gordon's enormous aura. Dexter's arrival in Copenhagen had a tremendous impact that left a lasting impression on the Danish jazz scene. He was handsome and well-dressed. His playing was superb, with a giant sound; his introductions and showmanship were unique and captivating. In addition, Dexter felt the Danish mentality was well-suited for playing and enjoying jazz. "It was always there", Alex Riel remembers "It wasn't a case of going to work, even though we played every, single night in June, July and August during the summer of 1964. Dexter and Tete were there solely for the music, and so were Niels-Henning and I. It is so obvious when I hear the music today. Dexter loved being in Montmartre. He often stayed and jammed with the night shift when it took over, playing on till early morning. I clearly remember us standing outside Montmartre one bright summer morning when the milkman came by. In those days the milkman drove around, delivering bottles of milk to the front doors of apartment buildings in Copenhagen. He brought his young daughter along to lend a hand, and it was hard not to notice her ample bosom beneath her thin T-shirt. Dexter took one look, then said, "Really (that's what he called me), can she just walk around town and there's no one who ...? You could never do that in New York ... I'm staying right here!' And Dexter ended up owning Copenhagen!".