Dexter Gordon - Our Man In Paris
In 1963, the year when Our Man In Paris was recorded, Dexter Gordon
turned 40 and moved to Europe for what would be a dozen-year stay.
Gordon had been the first important bebop tenor-saxophonist and a giant
of Jazz since 1945. After some time off the scene in the ‘50s, he was
signed to Blue Note. He returned with full force, playing with power,
wit and his trademark huge sound, creating one masterpiece after
another. On Our Man In Paris, he is clearly inspired by the playing of
the innovative bebop pianist Bud Powell, himself at the peak of his
powers, bassist Pierre Michelot and the pioneering bop drummer Kenny
Clarke. Gordon plays chorus after chorus of fresh, swinging ideas on
such tunes as "Scrapple From The Apple,” "Broadway” and "A Night In
Tunisia,” making these Jazz standards sound as if they were written for
him. This blazing bebop date is a constant joy.