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Dexter Gordon - Don’t Explain (1962)

From the Jazz Shelf:

Then comes “Don’t Explain”, a rich performance of emotional intensity. Call it romance or beauty or whatever, all I know is that a ballad played as elegantly and reflectively as this can be a transcendent thing.

I don’t know why, after owning Go! for years, it took me so long to find out that A Swingin’ Affair is from the same stock, and as far as I’m concerned now, it reaches the same level of effortless wonder.

Sonny Clark, Butch Warren, and Billy Higgins comprised a formidable rhythm section in the early 60s (see Clark’s Leapin’ and Lopin’ and Jackie McLean’s A Fickle Sonance for further evidence) before Clark’s premature demise, and on the aforementioned Gordon records of 1962, their synergy reaches a euphonic apex.

Outside of Mobleytown, you won’t find a more gorgeous balladeer than Gordon. 

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