Dexter Gordon (ts), Cees Slinger (p), Jacques Schols (b), Han Bennink (d)
Originally issued as a double LP in Holland, this release includes the complete long unavailable concert by the Dexter Gordon Quartet at 'The Amsterdam Paradiso', one of his best performances from the period.
One of the very first bebop tenor saxophonist, Gordon had been an expatriate musician for some time when this set was recorded, living alternatively in Copenhagen and Paris.
Newly and carefully remastered with a 16 page booklet.
1. Introduction by Dexter Gordon (0:33)
2. FRIED BANANAS (12:18)
3. WHATS NEW (9:49)
4. GOOD BAIT (14:29)
5. RHYTHM-A-NING (9:00)
6. WILLOW WEEP FOR ME (11:06)
7. JUNIOR (A.k.a. STICKY WICKET) (12:23)
8. SCRAPPLE FROM THE APPLE [Into Closing announcement] (9:50)
Total time: 79:30 min.
Originally issued as Affinity AF-27.
Later reissued by Charly as Le Jazz CD 28.
Personnel: Dexter Gordon (ts), Cees Slinger (p), Jacques Schols (b) and Han Bennink (d). Recorde live at the Amsterdam Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland, on February 5, 1969.
"Gordon PLayed with so much fire and joy that even well-known phrases sounded as if they were newly invented."
Dutch review of the Amsterdam Paradiso concert, February 6, 1969.
"The great tenor Dexter Gordon made so many consistently enjoyable straightahead recordings during 1960-78 that it is difficult to come up with any sets that are not recommended to fans of bebop. This double album finds Gordon in excellent form, performing four jazz standards along with two of his originals ("Fried Bananas" and "Junior") with a Dutch trio (pianist Cees Slinger, bassist Jacques Schois and the future avant-garde innovator Han Bennink on drums). Virtually all of Gordon's records from his productive European period find him at his peak and this set is no exception."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide