Tagged Peter Batten

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Pete Recommends…The Wardell Gray Story

Wardell Gray The Wardell Gray Story [Properbox 55]   In the 1950s two of my friends formed an excellent traditional jazz quintet. They played clarinet and soprano sax respectively. Soon they began listening to Lester Young. Both were tempted to take up the tenor sax, but held back. Then they heard Wardell Gray. Lester plus…

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Album Review: Thelonious Monk – M√łnk

Thelonious Monk Mønk (Gearbox CD 1841)   Live recordings are a precious part of any Jazz collection. If the recording quality is good and the performance outstanding you have a gem to treasure. This session in Copenhagen in 1963 certainly deserves that description. I heard this quartet at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester in…

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Album Reviews: Dexter Gordon Quartet

Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975 (Elemental 5990428) Espace Cardin 1977 (Elemental 5990431)   Two beautifully packaged CDs from Elemental these are in fact ‘discoveries’ – concert recordings not previously issued. Unfortunately there are many examples of Dexter available, so do they have any special interest? During his 15 years in Copenhagen Dexter acquired an A-list…

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Pete Recommends…Dexter Gordon – Go

Dexter Gordon Go [Blue Note 84112]   About the time that this recording was made I heard Dexter in person. I still believe that it was one of the best live sessions I have experienced. The sheer strength of his performance, his ability to flow and to build for chorus after chorus, was breathtaking. Over…