Our Man in Paris is a 1963 jazz album by saxophonist Dexter Gordon. The album's title refers to where the recording was made, Gordon (who had moved to Copenhagen a year earlier) teaming up with fellow expatriates Bud Powell and Kenny Clarke, both Parisian residents, and native Parisian Pierre Michelot. Powell, Clarke and Michelot, under the name The Three Bosses, had played together often in Paris since Powell moved there in 1959.
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Our Man in Paris was a Blue Note session recorded in Paris in 1963 with backup consisting of pianist Powell, drummer Kenny Clarke, and French bassist Pierre Michelot. One Flight Up, recorded in Paris in 1964 with trumpeter Donald Byrd, pianist Kenny Drew, drummer Art Taylor, and Danish bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, features an extended solo by Gordon on the track "Tanya". Gordon also visited the US occasionally for further recording dates. He starred in the 1986 movie Round Midnight as "Dale Turner", an expatriate jazz musician in Paris during the late 1950s based loosely on Lester Young and Bud Powell. That portrayal earned him a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor. In addition, he had a non-speaking role in the 1990 film Awakenings, which was posthumously released.
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Our Man in Paris is all the evidence you need. Gordon made a bunch of terrific records for Blue Note from 1961 to 1964. Some say Go! from 1962, with pianist Sonny Clark, is the best of the bunch, and I can't really argue with that. But Our Man in Paris is every bit its equal, based largely on the strength of three songs and the presence of seminal bebop pianist Bud Powell. As the title implies, Our Man in Paris was recorded in the City of Lights. It's a simple bop quartet with Gordon on sax, Powell on piano, American Kenny Clarke on drums and Frenchman Pierre Michelot on bass. Funny thing about Our Man in Paris. I've owned the record (and now the CD) for decades, but it's not one I go to often. And yet once I do play the album, I wind up listening to it over and over. If it's not in your collection, it should be. Gordon is one of the all-time best boppers, and Paris is arguably his best recording.
Album · 2007 · 7 Songs. More By Dexter Gordon.
|1||Scrapple From The Apple||7:19|
|2||Willow Weep For Me||8:44|
|4||Stairway To The Stars||6:54|
|5||A Night In Tunisia||8:12|
|6||Our Love Is Here To Stay||5:36|
|7||Like Someone In Love||6:17|
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Blue Note Records
- Copyright (c) – Blue Note Records
- Manufactured By – Blue Note Records
- Bass – Pierre Michelot
- Drums – Kenny Clarke
- Piano – Bud Powell
- Producer – Francis Wolff
- Remastered By – Rudy Van Gelder
- Tenor Saxophone – Dexter Gordon
NotesRecorded at the CBS Studios in Paris on May 23, 1963. Tracks 1-5 originally issued as BLP 4146 and BST 84146.
|BLP 4146||Dexter Gordon||Our Man In Paris (LP, Album, Mono)||Blue Note||BLP 4146||US||1963|
|5 25755 2||Dexter Gordon||Our Man In Paris (CD, Album, RE)||Blue Note||5 25755 2||UK & Europe||2000|
|CDP 7 46394 2||Dexter Gordon||Our Man In Paris (CD, Album)||Blue Note||CDP 7 46394 2||US||1986|
|MMBST-84146, BST 84146||Dexter Gordon||Our Man In Paris (LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gat)||Music Matters Ltd., Blue Note||MMBST-84146, BST 84146||US||2015|
|ST-84146, ERLP 1007||Dexter Gordon||Our Man In Paris (LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180)||Blue Note, Elemental Music||ST-84146, ERLP 1007||Europe||2013|