Friday, 27 August 2010
Dexter Gordon Quartet - Our Man In Paris
(Blue Note (USA) Monaural LP BLP 4146, recorded 1963. released 1963)
Dexter Gordon is heard here with perhaps the most influential pianist (Bud Powell) and drummer (Kenny Clarke) of the bebop era, both resident in Paris, as was Gordon at the time. The great French bassist Pierre Michelot completes the line-up here, and they just tear into the material they were all born to play! Dexter shines on every number, but particularly on the ballads "Willow Weep For Me" and "Stairway To The Stars", exhibiting what a critic called his "gruff lyricism". As for the other selections, two bebop stalwarts (Charlie Parker's "Scrapple From the Apple" and Dizzy Gillespie's "Night In Tunisia"), plus a standard from an earlier jazz era, "Broadway", complete the programme here.
Posted by shepherdlass at 16:06