Go (Dexter Gordon album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedThird week of December 1962[1]
RecordedAugust 27, 1962
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genrehard bop
LabelBlue Note
BLP 4112
ProducerAlfred Lion
Dexter Gordon chronology
A Swingin' Affair

Go! is a studio album by jazz musician Dexter Gordon featuring Sonny Clark, Butch Warren and Billy Higgins, recorded on August 27, 1962 and released in the same year on Blue Note. According to the liner notes by Ira Gitler, this session was "not recorded in a nightclub performance but, in its informal symmetry, it matches the relaxed atmosphere that the best of those made in that manner engender. Everyone was really together, in all the most positive meanings of that word." It was recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs.

Critical reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[5]

Since its release, Go! has received very positive reviews from critics, with uDiscover Music—published by Universal Music Group—declaring that it is "unanimously hailed by jazz critics as one of his greatest ever albums".[6] AllMusic giving it a five star rating. The album was re-released in March 1999 as part of Blue Note's RVG Series, produced by Michael Cuscuna. In 2019, Go! was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[7][8]

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  1. ^ "Album Cover of the Week". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 15 December 1962. p. 33. Retrieved 17 January 2023 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Down Beat: February 14, 1963 Vol. 30, No. 4
  3. ^ AllMusic review
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 87. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 581. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  6. ^ Waring, Charles (2022-08-27). "'Go': How Dexter Gordon Raced Into The Jazz History Books". Universal Music Group. Retrieved 2023-02-28.
  7. ^ Andrews, Travis M. (March 20, 2019). "Jay-Z, a speech by Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and 'Schoolhouse Rock!' among recordings deemed classics by Library of Congress". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  8. ^ US Library of Congress adds recordings by Cyndi Lauper, Jay-Z and others-YAHOO! News
  9. ^ Summer of '62: Dexter Gordon's GO and A SWINGIN' AFFAIR – Blue Note Records

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