Dexter Gordon in concert this week – along with Kenny Drew, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Albert “Tootie” Heath, playing a gig at Meglass Højskole to an audience of enthralled College Jazz students. It was recorded by Radio Denmark on August 5, 1967 – and has since shown up on various reissues – as well as on DVD.
Gordon relocated to Copenhagen in the 60s, as many American Jazz musicians, particularly African-Americans chose to during this time. Aside from the obvious reasons, Jazz was very much accepted and appreciated in Europe – in fact, throughout the rest of the World – it was just not as huge in the U.S. at the time, as it was everywhere else.
So a Dexter Gordon appearance was not all that unusual around Copenhagen during the 1960s and 1970s. He played a lot. So this particular performance, which was recorded for Danish Radio and TV was stored away and not thought about all that much until its recent discovery. It is now part of the Dexter Gordon’s legacy and a must-hear performance for students and fans.
Relax and jump into this one – well worth the hour spent. Seriously.