Dexter Gordon – Our Man in Paris

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One of the most successful of Blue Note’s ‘blue’ period and an album that remains his finest work. Although his tenor sax occasionally grates, this is a brilliant example of late bebop. Supported by Bud Powell (piano), Kenny Clarke (drums) and Pierre Michelot (bass), the simple quartet sound coolly in control. ‘Willow Weep For Me’ is played with great beauty and ‘A Night in Tunisia’ is yet another well-crafted version. The wonderful bonus of ‘Our Love Is Here To Stay’ and ‘Like Someone In Love’ (from Powell’s Alternate Takes) on the CD reissue puts this album in the first division.

Personnel: Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); Bud Powell (piano); Pierre Michelot (bass); Kenny Clarke (drums).

Tracklist

01. Scrapple From The Apple
02. Willow Weep For Me
03. Broadway
04. Stairway To The Stars
05. A Night In Tunisia
06. Our Love Is Here To Stay
07. Like Someone In Love

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