I know I've covered him before, but when someone turns 100 I suspend the no-repetition rules a little.
Which is accurate, especially when you play the show I am sharing and hear him work "When the Saints Go Marching In," "Hello Dolly" and "Summertime" into the same four bars of soloing.
One of the seminal Jazz cats that split the US for Europe rather than endure the primitive abuse of his inbred inferiors, and when he returned in the late 1970s it was the event of the decade in the music.
One of those guys that seemed to have access to the whole songbook of the world inside his horn, he is often thought of as one of the top 10 all-time on the tenor.
We'll voyage back 50 years to February of 1973, which finds our hero on the airwaves of the city with which he was perhaps most associated.
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So Dexter Gordon -- born this day in 1923 -- is 100 today, and we'll use that occasion to wrap up another Black History Month on this page... not that every month isn't BHM on here.
I had a backup go bad, so I'm going to back up my big drive over the next few days, but I'll be back in March to help your music collection Spring forward and get all swollen like a mountain stream.
Don't sleep on this Dexentennial post, though... or Dexter will insert a mystery snippet of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" into every album on your shelf!--J.