Towards the end of his glorious career Dexter Gordon rode literally a wave of success. 1976, the celebrated tenor saxophonist had returned after fourteen years of successful operation in Europe (and only occasional visits to his home) again back to the U.S.. The concerts that he played on the occasion of his return in the famous Village Vanguard in New York, filled every evening the hall with enthusiastic fans and delighted critics. Two years later, Gordon took the "Manhattan Symphony" on his third album for Columbia and the first with its exceptional rhythm section consisting of pianist George Cables, bassist Rufus Reid and Eddie Gladden on drums. Already after the first sounds of " As Time Goes By "is clear that there is a master at work: sound and intonation are brilliant and the 'feeling' touched immediately. Like no other improvisational musicians of his caliber he understands the meaning of the line "the fundamental things apply" to implement. The other tracks on the LP are on the one hand new works, such as Gordon's carefree Bop Blues "LTD" (Long Tall Dexter) or Cables Samba . "I Told You So" On the other hand, we find new versions of two basic post-bop pieces: Donald Byrd's "Tanya" (Gordon had this piece in 1964 recorded for Blue Note) and John Coltrane's driving piece "Moment's Notice" The masterpiece of the album. But - and this is really one of Gordon's outstanding works -. his "Body And Soul" Gordon, who was heavily influenced by Coltrane's saxophone style, here thanks Coltrane (and McCoy Tyner) by here a page from the book of their can be incorporated harmonies.
This expanded edition of the "Manhattan Symphony" contains two bonus tracks, also from 1978: Thelonius Monk's "Ruby My Dear" and a previously unreleased on vinyl version of Dexter's favorite "Secret Love". In addition to the written by Pete Hamill Cover Text writes George Cable still a wonderful contribution from his memory.