Dexter Gordon – Our Man in Paris – Our Shootout Winner from 2010

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AMAZING SOUND ON SIDE ONE, great sound on side two and quiet vinyl throughout. Most importantly, the music here is EXCELLENT. We shot out all the copies in the house, and nothing could hold a candle to this Blue Label pressing on side one.

The sound is lively and energetic with lots of DEEP, well-defined bass. This side one has the kind of bottom-end WHOMP that you don’t hear on too many Blue Note LPs. The overall sound is rich and full-bodied with lots of air in the brass. The sound really JUMPS out of the speakers!

Side one of this copy is OUT OF THIS WORLD — open, spacious, high-resolution sound with tons of life. We had a few copies to compare and this side one beat the pants off the rest of them. The sax here is just right with lots of breath and clearly audible leading-edge transients. The presence and immediacy here went far beyond our expectations. We don’t know if we’ll ever see enough clean copies to do a large-scale shootout, but we have a hard time believing that you could find a better sounding side one than this one. I don’t think there’s anything you could do to this music to make it sound any better than this.

The bluesy version of Willow Weep For Me on side one is WONDERFUL. The rich, full-bodied sax sound is Right On The Money. The overall sound is totally transparent with superb clarity. Scrapple From The Apple (also on side one) has a silky top end anchored with deep, well-defined bass.

Side two is lively and transparent with nice bite to the brass. It didn’t knock us out the way side one did, but it was still musical and enjoyable enough to earn an A+ grade.

AMG 4 1/2 Star Rave Review

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.