One Flight Up is an album by American jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon recorded in 1964 in Paris and released on the Blue Note label - this is part of set of Blue Note re-issues by 'Heavenly Sweetness'. This is an unusual set for both Dexter and Blue Note — first, because the set was recorded in Europe (not at Rudy Van Gelder’s), and second because the tracks are all quite long! The album was recorded in Paris, and is cut in an open-ended format that’s very much in the mode that Gordon would later use on late 60s and early 70s sessions for European labels. The group features (then) local contemporaries Kenny Drew on piano, and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass — and is rounded out by Donald Byrd on trumpet and Art Taylor on drums. Tracks are long, but not meanderingly so — and feature a great mix of Blue Note hardbop, with some of the “roomier” recordings that were given to American players in Europe.
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