Our Man in Paris

Our Man in Paris

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by Dexter Gordon
     
 

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This 1963 date is titled for Dexter Gordon's living in self-imposed Parisian exile and recording there with two other exptriates and a French native. Along with Gordon, pianist Bud Powell and Kenny "Klook" Clarke were living in the City of Lights and were joined by the brilliant French bassman PierreSee more details below

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This 1963 date is titled for Dexter Gordon's living in self-imposed Parisian exile and recording there with two other exptriates and a French native. Along with Gordon, pianist Bud Powell and Kenny "Klook" Clarke were living in the City of Lights and were joined by the brilliant French bassman Pierre Michelot. This is a freewheeling bop date with the band working out on such categoric standards as "Scrapple from the Apple," and "A Night in Tunisia." In addition, American vernacular tunes such as "Willow Weep for Me" and "Stairway to the Stars" are included. Gordon is at the very top of his game here. His playing is crisp, tight, and full of playful fury. Powell, who at this stage of his life was almost continually plagued by personal problems, never sounded better than he does in this session. His playing is a tad more laid-back here, but is nonetheless full of the brilliant harmonic asides and incendiary single-note runs he is legendary for. The rhythm section is close-knit and stop-on-a-dime accurate.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2003
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724358091427
catalogNumber:
80914
Rank:
27245

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dexter Gordon   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Pierre Michelot   Bass
Bud Powell   Piano
Kenny Clarke   Drums

Technical Credits

Billy Bird   Composer
Micaela Boland   Art Direction
Johnny Burke   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Claude Ermelin   Engineer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer,Remastering
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Teddy McRae   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Francis Wolff   Producer,Cover Photo
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes
Matty Malneck   Composer
Reid Miles   Cover Design
Henry J. Wood   Composer

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