A play and an alto saxophonist pulled Dexter Gordon out of West Coast obscurity in 1960 and helped revive the bebop pioneer's career. The play was The Connection, which included a performing jazz band in its cast and inspired a classic original score from Freddie Redd as well as subsequent compositions by Kenny Drew, Cecil Payne, and Cecil Taylor. Gordon was the play's musical director in his hometown of Los Angeles, and some of Gordon's score is documented here. Cannonball Adderley produced the session (and many others for Riverside/Jazzland at the time). Gordon had more than one resurgence during his fitful career, with this album launching a particularly important stretch that led to Gordon's return to the East Coast, his classic Blue Note albums, and more than a decade as a European expatriate. He is in prime form here, with a talented band that includes pianist/composer Dolo Coker, future Basie star Richard Boone on trombone, and drummer Lawrence (now Larance) Marable.
with Richard Boone, Martin Banks, Dolo Coker, Charles Green, Lawrence Marable