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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sax Gordon 2000 You Knock Me Out

Genre: Jazz
Rate: 192 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:52:29
Size: 72,38 MB

United States

Review by Alex Henderson

When Charlie Parker and other beboppers were demonstrating how complex and intellectual saxophone playing could be, the honkers favored a much more accessible, groove-oriented approach. Gordon "Sax Gordon" Beadle's funky, grits-and-gravy style of tenor sax playing is right out of the honker school, and his very extroverted You Knock Me Out is a throwback to the days when Willis Jackson, Big Jay McNeely, Arnett Cobb, Doc Sausage, and others weren't afraid to play the you-know-what out of their horns.

Indeed, hard-blowing instrumentals like "Crawling Home," "Lorenzo Leaps In," and "Speed Rack" (all of them Gordon originals) sound like they could have been written in the late 1940s or early 1950s. Red Tyler's "Lonely for You," with its dusky, evocative, "Harlem Nocturne"-ish mood, conjures up thoughts of an era of burlesque shows, Mike Hammer novels, and film-noir thrillers starring Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd. Though Gordon loves the honker era, the saxman/singer occasionally detours into 1960s soul. "90 MPH" (one of the tunes he sings on), for instance, and "BY-YA" wouldn't have been out of place on a Stax release in the 1960s; the latter, in fact, has a Booker T-ish appeal thanks to Tom West's organ playing.

No, this jazz/R&B/blues effort isn't innovative, and yes, Gordon plays his share of clichés, but he plays them with a lot of heart and passion, making You Know Me Out quite rewarding if you're a lover of the tenor saxophone's honker school.


01 - 90 MPH 03:22

02 - Mishnock Rock 03:48

03 - Lonely For You 04:14

04 - You Knock Me Out 02:47

05 - Speed Rock 02:31

06 - BY-YA 03:50

07 - Lorenzo Leaps In 06:25

08 - That Little Town Rocks 04:24

09 - Tino's Dream 04:59

10 - Big Mouth 02:56

11 - Big Hunt 03:52

12 - Twenty Dollar Gig 03:19

13 - Crawling Home 06:02

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