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Dexter Gordon: Gettin' Around

LP: Blue Note BLP 4204
CD: Blue Note 7 46681 2

Tracks & Composers
1 Manha de Carnaval (Bonfa, Maria)
2 Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) (Bricusse, Newley)
3 Heartaches (Hoffman, Klenner)
4 Shiny Stockings (Foster)
5 Everybody's Somebody's Fool (Greenfield, Keller)
6 Le Coiffeur (Gordon)
7 Very Saxily Yours (Gordon)
8 Flick of a Trick (Gordon)

Dexter Gordon (ts); Bobby Hutcherson (vib); Barry Harris (p); Bob Cranshaw (b); Billy Higgins (d)

Recording Date & Location
28-29 May 1965, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

This isn’t the most impassioned or challenging music you’ve ever heard. It’s probably not as “important” as some of Dexter’s other records. But oh, this record sounds soooo good. Dexter’s tone is effortless and enormous. Bobby’s inspired too. Listen to their work on the beautiful ballad “Who Can I Turn To,” my pick for the best cut on the album. (It’s odd to consider that Bobby made this record with Gordon while he was in Archie Shepp’s “New Thing” group. It certainly proves that Hutcherson is a tremendously versatile musician.) Gettin’ Around will bring a smile to your face. Blue Note recently reissued a remastered version too.


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