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Sophisticated Giant

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Sophisticated Giant
Studio album by
RecordedJune 1977
ProducerMichael Cuscuna
Dexter Gordon chronology
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Sophisticated Giant is a jazz album by saxophonist Dexter Gordon recorded in 1977 by an eleven-piece band playing tunes arranged by trombone player Slide Hampton. The album marked Gordon's return to the United States after a long residency in Europe.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[2]

AllMusic reviewer Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars and called it "An excellent acquisition."[1]

Track listing

Side one

  1. "Laura" (David Raksin) – 7:37
  2. "The Moontrane" (Woody Shaw) – 6:36
  3. "Red Top" (Lionel Hampton, Ben Kynard) – 8:51

Side two

  1. "Fried Bananas" (Dexter Gordon) – 7:53
  2. "You're Blasé" (Ord Hamilton, Bruce Sievier) – 9:49
  3. "How Insensitive" (Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinícius de Moraes) – 4:53
All tunes arranged by Slide Hampton
Recorded June 21 & 22, 1977 at Sound Ideas, NYC by William Wittman



  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Dexter Gordon: Sophisticated Giant at AllMusic. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 88. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
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