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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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: 8/5/2003
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724358091427
  • Catalog Number: 80914
  • Sales rank: 36,437

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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    BLOWN AWAY

    THIS IS JUST A PERFECT ALBUM TO LISTEN TO. DEXTER GORDON WAS AN AMAZING MUSICIAN. THIS GIVES YOU A FEELING OF ACTUALLY BEING IN PARIS AND LISTENING TO JAZZ IN SOME SMALL CAFE. I HAVE YET TO HEAR ANYONE PLAY A BALLAD SO BEAUTIFULLY AS HIM. GET THIS ALBUM NOW!

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