Sax and flute player James Moody, along with Dizzy Gillespie, helped to revolutionize jazz in the mid-Twentieth Century. He showed that bebop was universal and not just insider music. Moody and his quartet demonstrated that discipline in art can be transformative to both the artist and the listener.
Dexter Gordon was an American jazz saxophone player, who helped to cement the bebop style post Charlie Parker and others. He spent most of his career playing, composing and recording in Europe, as it was a more, “harmonious” place to live and create. In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe, talks about what the life and legacy of Dexter Gordan can teach us about exploration, diversity, and acceptance. Photo credit jazzinphoto.