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Copenhagen Coda

Dexter Gordon bids Copenhagen farewell!




Jazz giant and tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon bids Copenhagen farewell on his new album Copenhagen Coda – Live at Montmartre 1983. This album marks DG’s final farewell to friends and fans in the Danish capital, with which he had had a twenty year love affair.


He is quoted as having said: “I don’t think they [his fellow American musicians living in Europe] got the love I got in Copenhagen.”


The concert was part of a TV production by the national Danish Broadcasting Corporation, who have documented this golden era in Danish jazz history. On this recording, DG is accompanied by the accomplished and versatile pianist Kirk Lightsey, wonderful bass player David Eubanks and the master drummer Eddie Gladden. DG proves that he hasn’t lost a step, as he projects enormous authority on stage, being a fountain of sound and ideas, melodically as well as rhythmically. He generates a stunning energy, taking off on a flight that is able to captivate the audience with his tenacious be-bop, somewhere between Lester Young and Coltrane, with a bold, dry sound.


Copenhagen Coda is a celebration of and a tribute to Dexter Gordon’s legacy in Copenhagen. The audience in the Danish capital loved the sophisticated giant “Copenhagen Slim” immensely, and their love was reciprocated – Copenhagen Coda is a testament to this intense year-long love affair!

Dexter Gordon – Saxophone

Kirk Lightsey – Piano

David Eubanks – Bass

Eddie Gladden – Drums

  1. It’s You or No One
  2. Hanky Panky
  3. More Than You Know
  4. Backstairs

“Dexter Gordon Copenhagen Coda is the Sophisticated Giant’s passionate farewell on stage to Copenhagen, his beloved home, and to his Danish audience.” – Burak Sülünbaz, Dark Blue Notes


“…en historisk optagelse af en helt særlig koncert, der vil stå som noget unikt” – ***** – Hammerø, nettavisen.no


“…Dexter Gordon is heard in fine form for one of the last times on record.” – Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene


“…Gordon sounds most at home on a dream-like “More than You Know” and delivers a gorgeous coda that is the set’s highlight…” – Morton, Downbeat


“…de forventningsfulde gæster får fuld valuta for pengene.” – Halding, JazzSpecial


“…everyone getting a moment in the spotlight (…) Gordon and Lightsey glimmering with their solos.” – **** – Harris, JazzWeekly


“Dex really puts his appreciation out there for the Danes, and they love him right back for it.” – Whittaker, prestomusic


“Here, Dexter is palpaply playing well and with great enthusiasm. (…) …this was a standout performance.” – Voce, JazzJournal


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