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Album Feature: “Setting the Pace” with Booker Ervin & Dexter Gordon

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Talk about “Tenor Madness” this is a perfect example! This is a great album that falls into the Avant-Garde era and features two greats, Dexter Gordon and Booker Ervin jamming together. They played in harmony and with absolutely no intent to outdo one another. They took their respected turns and produced FOUR dynamic songs. They have their own distinctive sounds so you definitely know who’s playing and when. I will be featuring this album, “Setting the Pace” for a couple of weeks or so and then place the tracks on the Avant-garde Playlist. Check the Schedule Link to learn when I will be airing it. Enjoy!

More about this album:

Recorded in Munich, Germany on October 27, 1965. Includes liner notes by David A. Himmelstein and Michael Morgan.

Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1992, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).

This CD reissue has the complete contents of two former LPs, both recorded at the same session. With very stimulating playing by pianist Jaki Byard, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Alan Dawson, tenors Booker Ervin and Dexter Gordon battle it out on marathon (19 and 22 1/2 minute) versions of “Setting the Pace” and “Dexter’s Deck.” Although Gordon is in good form, Ervin (who sometimes takes the music outside) wins honors…..Learn More

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