Tribute to Dexter Gordon
Design by Finn Nygaard
Choose between three different sizes:
70 x 100 cm
100 x 150 cm
42 x 59,4 cm (Limited edition):
Print on Fine Art Hahnemühle Bamboo 290 gsm, natural warm tone – using archival inks. Trimmed, 2 cm border for framing.
Signed and sealed by the author. Limited print: 1-30.
Dexter Gordon (1923 – 1990) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He was among the earliest tenor players to adapt the bebop musical language of people such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bud Powell to the instrument. Gordon’s height was 6 feet 6 inches (198 cm), so he was also known as “Long Tall Dexter” and “Sophisticated Giant”. His studio and live performance career spanned over 40 years.
One of his major influences was Lester Young. Gordon, in turn, was an early influence on John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. Rollins and Coltrane, in turn, influenced Gordon’s playing as he explored hard bop and modal playing during the 1960s. Gordon was known for his genial and humorous stage presence. He was an advocate of playing to communicate with the audience. One of his idiosyncratic rituals was to recite lyrics from each ballad before playing it. A photograph by Herman Leonard of Gordon taking a smoke break at the Royal Roost in 1948 is one of the iconic images in jazz photography. Cigarettes were a recurring theme on covers of Gordon’s albums. (from Wikipedia)