An incredible testament to the greatness of a near-lost figure from 50s west coast jazz
– baritone saxophonist Bob Gordon, a player with a sound on his horn as strong as that of Gerry Mulligan at the time! The 2CD set brings together recordings made by Gordon for the Liberty, Pacific Jazz
, Nocturne, and Atlantic labels – a few under his own name, and others done with trombonist Herbie Harper (Liberty & Nocturne), and in the company of tenorist Jack Montrose (Atlantic & Pacific Jazz
) – a frequent partner on mid 50s sessions, and a pairing that was as great as that of the Zoot Sims and Al Cohn team of the time! Gordon's got an incredibly fluid feel on his horn – gentle like Mulligan, but with a rounded depth of tone that recalls Pepper Adams, and a sense of fluidity that reminds us a bit of Gil Melle. The first 11 tracks on the set feature Gordon in 2 groups with Harper's trombone, and the remaining 26 tracks document his strong pairing with Jack Montrose. And although Gordon's not at the top of the lists in the jazz
history books, the material on this set is some of the best west coast jazz
of the time – recorded with a thoughtful and modern approach to arrangement, but never too cool to be soulful. Titles include "Herbstone", "Babette", "Jive At Five", "Just George", "The News & The Weather", "A Little Dust", "April's Fool", "Dot's Groovy", "Paradox", "Meet Mr Gordon", "For Sue", "Onion Bottom", "Credo", "Pretty", "Fools Rush In", "Speakeasy", "That Old Feeling", and "Some Good Fun Blues".
(Out of print.)