In addition to listening to late-period Count Basie today, I got hold of another favorite from my vinyl collection. Sophisticated Giant was Dexter Gordon‘s first American studio album after fourteen years as an expat in Europe.

There’s a beautiful rendition of Laura and the ensemble playing on Red Top is very fine. This recording also cemented Woody Shaw as one of my all-time favorite trumpet players.

Dexter Gordon – Sophisticated Giant, 1977

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