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Our Man in Paris

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.

Our Man in Paris
Our Man in Paris.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1963 (1963-12)[1]
RecordedMay 23, 1963
StudioCBS Studios, Paris
LabelBlue Note
ProducerFrancis Wolff
Dexter Gordon chronology
A Swingin' Affair
Our Man in Paris
One Flight Up
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [2]
The Guardian4/5 stars[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[5]

The album was remastered by Rudy Van Gelder in 2003 and released as part of Blue Note's RVG Edition series.



The original intention was for the pianist on the recording to be Kenny Drew and for the music to be new compositions by Gordon. However, the actual pianist used was Bud Powell, who would not play new music, so jazz standards were chosen during the rehearsal. The two tracks added to the CD release were originally issued by Blue Note on Bud Powell's Alternate Takes in 1985.[6]

Critical receptionEdit

The Penguin Guide to Jazz gave it a maximum four-star rating and added it to the core collection, commenting that Gordon's playing on "A Night in Tunisia" "is one of his finest performances on record" and concluding that the album is "a classic".[4] The review of the 2003 remastered version in The Guardian was similarly positive, stating that it is "one of the all-time classics".[3]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Scrapple from the Apple" (Parker) – 7:22
  2. "Willow Weep for Me" (Ronell) – 8:47
  3. "Broadway" (Billy Byrd, McRae, Henri Woode) – 6:44
  4. "Stairway to the Stars" (Malneck, Parish, Signorelli) – 6:57
  5. "A Night in Tunisia" (Gillespie, Frank Paparelli) – 8:15
Bonus tracks on CD reissue
  1. "Our Love is Here to Stay" (Gershwin, Gershwin) – 5:39
  2. "Like Someone in Love" (Burke, Van Heusen) – 6:19




  • Francis Wolff – production and cover photography
  • Reid Miles – cover design
  • Claude Ermelin – recording engineering
  • Ron McMaster – digital transfer engineering


  1. ^ Billboard Dec 28, 1963
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom (2011). "Our Man in Paris - Dexter Gordon | AllMusic". Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b Fordham, John (September 5, 2003) "Under the bonnet" The Guardian, p. B24.
  4. ^ a b Cook, Richard and Morton, Brian (2008) The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.), Penguin, p. 581.
  5. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 87. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  6. ^ Cuscuna, Michael. In Our Man in Paris [1986 CD liner notes] Blue Note 0777 7 46394 2 2.

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