Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series Curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman; Great Reid Miles Covers (Part 3) Themed Installment Presented on 180g Vinyl LP
In honor of Blue Note Records' 80th Anniversary, the legendary jazz label is launching the Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series. Distinct from the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series, this second series curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman features 180g vinyl LP releases in standard packaging with albums spanning the many eras of the label's history presented by themes: Blue Note Debuts, Blue Grooves, Great Reid Miles Covers, Blue Note Live, and Blue Note Drummer Leaders. The series resumes in April 2020 with Part 3 of theGreat Reid Miles Covers theme - Jackie McLean – A Fickle Sonance (1961), Dexter Gordon – A Swingin' Affair (1962) and Lee Morgan – The Rumproller (1965).
Just two days after saxophonist Dexter Gordon recorded his classic album Go! in August 1962 he brought the same quartet with pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Butch Warren, and drummer Billy Higgins back into Rudy Van Gelder's studio to record the equally sublime A Swingin' Affair. All the joy and beauty of the great tenor man's music can be found in the irrepressible opener "Soy Califa," a Gordon original that moves deftly between Latin and swing rhythms as Dex holds forth with his commanding horn. The feeling of the music is reflected perfectly in Reid Miles' masterful cover design featuring Francis Wolff's incredible photo.
This Blue Note 80 Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, andpressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.
Dexter Gordon, tenor saxophone
Sonny Clark, piano
Butch Warren, bass
Billy Higgins, drums
• Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series
• 180g vinyl LP
• Curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman
• Theme: Great Miles Reid Covers (Part 3)
• All-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes
• Pressed at Optimal
• Standard packaging