Our Man in Amsterdam was originally released on Catfish in 1969 as a "Dexter Gordon Live at the Amsterdam Paradiso" (Catfish 5C188, 24336/37, Double LP)
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 two-fer is no exception.
In the sixties and seventies, El Paradiso was a temple of “hippy” music. Respected by the young because of his career and preceded by his fame during his stay in Paris and Copenhagen, Dexter Gordon accepted the invitation to record an album there. The result was an extraordinary album by an artist in the midst of his intellectual and musical maturity.
Personnel: Dexter Gordon (ts) Cees Slinger (p) Jacques Schols (b) Han Bennink (d)
01 Fried Bananas
02 What's New?
03 Good Bait
05 Willow Weep for Me
07 Scrapple from the Apple