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Dexter Gordon
February 27, 1923 - April 25, 1990
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

If I were to call it black music, that would be untrue. I don't know what that is, unless it would be some African drums or something.


To have a little recognition, that is very nice, you dig. It is good for the ego, for the psyche.


When you know the lyrics to a tune, you have some kind of insight as to it's composition. If you don't understand what it's about, you're depriving yourself of being really able to communicate this poem.


A lot of times I go back to record and to make a tour, but I'm very happy to do it, because it gives me an opportunity to dig and hear what's going on.


It's certainly not just a spot opinion; it's something that obviously has been building up for years. It is also very good for publicity, and it is the kind of recognition that maybe will help financially, also.


If you can't play the blues... you might as well hang it up.


Music is a reservoir... of sounds.


Darlin... be-bop is the music of the future.


In nuclear war all men are cremated equal.


What I'm doing, I prefer to call that jazz, because it is a beautiful word - I love it.


Jazz to me is a living music. It's a music that since its beginning has expressed the feelings, the dreams, hopes, of the people.


The music scene is more competitive in the States.


In jazz, there is a lot of European influence harmonically.


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