Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Dexter Gordon - More Than You Know (1996 Full Documentary)

A 1996 documentary produced edited and directed by Don McGlynn

This is a copy (less visible in youtube search results) without that annoying central watermark 
Know what I mean ???

The Denmark years are the fulcrum of this film biography, but the events before and after are all absorbing. Dexter's story is told in the main by Dexter himself, filmed in interview over many years. The editing is particularly skilful, as we hear reminiscences from Dexter filmed in his 30s, followed by a different take recorded 30 years later. This intercutting across the ages produces an almost surrealistic effect of splicing and intercutting a life - very bebop indeed.
But the highlights of this documentary are the generous musical takes, presenting Dexter in solo performance, in quartets and, much later in his life, accompanied by a full orchestra in a moving performance of great reflection.
This has been compiled from various sources - video from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and film from the 1940s and 1950s.

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