Dexter Gordons celebrated late '70s Columbia session Sophisticated Giant pressed on vinyl LP.
Sophisticated Giant was recorded shortly after Gordon's triumphant return to the States after a dozen years living in Europe. Originally recorded in June of 1977, the album finds Gordon on both tenor and soprano saxophone joined by an all-star "Dextette", 10 crack players including trumpeters Woody Shaw and Benny Bailey, Frank Wess on alto and flute, trombonists Slide Hampton and Wayne Andre, Howard Johnson on tuba, vibes master Bobby Hutcherson, and the rhythm section of George Cables on piano, Rufus Reid on bass and Victor Lewis on drums.
Includes the Gordon original "Fried Bananas", Shaw's "The Moontrane" plus standards such as "Laura" and "You're Blasé" all arranged by Slide Hampton and produced by Michael Cuscuna.
• Vinyl LP
• Limited time download
Dexter Gordon, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Woody Shaw, trumpet, fluegelhorn
Benny Bailey, lead trumpet, fluegelhorn
Slide Hampton, trombone
Wayne Andre, lead trombone
Frank Wess, flute, alto saxophone, piccolo
Howard Johnson, tuba, baritone saxophone
Bobby Hutcherson, vibes
George Cables, piano
Rufus Reid, bass
Victor Lewis, drums
2. The Moontrane
3. Red Top
1. Fried Bananas
2. You're Blase
3. How Insensitive