Benji's Bounce – Dexter Gordon
A tribute to Thelonious Monk's Rhythm-A-Ning that takes the classic theme into new directions. Billy Higgins drum transcription available, plus a Solo Piano Arrangement.
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- Recording: Dexter Gordon - Bouncin' With Dex
- Recorded on: September 14, 1975
- Label: SteepleChase (SSCD 31060)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Tenor Sax - Dexter Gordon
- Piano - Tete Montoliu
- Bass - Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen
- Drums - Billy Higgins
Solos are on "rhythm changes."
-- eight-bar drum set up
-- melody is shown above the drum staff
-- everything Higgins plays behind the in melody
-- drum solo trading 8s, 4s and 2s with Dexter Gordon
-- everything Higgins plays behind the out melody
This transcription includes a lot of Billy Higgins solo material. Though mostly known for his signature "groove" on many classic Blue Note albums, Higgins' soloing is not to be overlooked. It is tasty, always grooving, and very much unique to his style.
The musical relationship between Billy and Dexter is evident throughout the track, but their interaction in the trading section is very special.
To hear Billy talking with engineer Rudy Van Gelder and Don Sickler about Dexter Gordon, click here. Drummer Victor Lewis talks about Higgins on our YouTube channel.
February 27, 1923 – April 25, 1990
Tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon was born in Los Angeles, CA. In his last year of high school, he received a call from alto saxophonist Marshall Royal asking him to join the Lionel Hampton big band. This led to Dexter's first recording, with the Hampton band, on December 21, 1941. In 1944, after a few weeks with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra and working and recording with Louis Armstrong's orchestra, Dexter joined Billy Eckstine and recorded with Eckstine's legendary band of soon-to-be jazz superstars that included Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Leo Parker, Art Blakey, Sarah Vaughan, arranger Tadd Dameron and others, on September 5, 1944. Read more...