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  • Personnel: Dexter Gordon (soprano & tenor saxophones); Eddie Jefferson (vocals); Frank Wess (alto saxophone, flute, piccolo); Howard Johnson (baritone saxophone, tuba); Benny Bailey, Woody Shaw (trumpet, flugelhorn); Slide Hampton, Wayne Andre, Curtis Fuller (trombone); Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); George Cables (piano); Rufus Reid (bass); Victor Lewis, Eddie Gladden (drums).
  • Recorded at Sound Ideas, New York, New York on June 21 & 22, 1977 and at Columbia Studios, New York, New York on January 26, 1979. Includes liner notes by Michael Cuscuna and Bruce Lundvall.
  • Digitally remastered by Debra Parkinson (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York).
  • Tenor sax legend Dexter Gordon--one of the first to apply Charlie Parker's bebop innovations to the tenor-- returned to the USA after a long stay in Europe. He landed on one of the major labels with a sympathetic producer, which afforded him the opportunity to record with a large group. (Gordon's usual performing format is sax/piano/bass/drums). With arrangements by trombonist Slide Hampton, Gordon and producer Michael Cuscuna assembled a "dream band" featuring Woody Shaw, Bobby Hutcherson, Benny Bailey and Howard Johnson.
  • The soloists are inspired, the arrangements leave plenty of room for individual expression yet keep things fleet and tuneful, and Gordon's tenor is full-bodied, rich and robust throughout. As a bonus, Gordon plays soprano sax on the bossa nova standard "How Insensitive," and there are two bonus songs of Gordon's Quartet with a special guest, jazz singer Eddie Jefferson. GIANT is a fine example of 1970s mainstream jazz.
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