Personnel: Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); Junior Mance (piano); Martin Rivera (bass); Oliver Jackson (drums).
Recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland in July 1970. Includes liner notes by Michael Cuscuna.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); Junior Mance (piano); Oliver Jackson (drums).
Liner Note Author: Michael Cuscuna.
Recording information: Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland (06/18/1970); Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland (06/18/1970).
Photographer: Phil Bray.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Oliver Jackson; Martin Rivera.
Recorded during Gordon's expatriate period, this set took place at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1970. Gordon is in outstanding form here, his tenor tipping the improvisation scales with wildly inventive ideas while still maintaining the gorgeous, rich timbre and pure, almost vibrato-less tone for which he is known. Two Gordon signatures, "Fried Bananas" (which gets an electrifying workout here) and the stirring "Body and Soul" crop up among Monk and Ellington covers (note Gordon's commanding take on "Sophisticated Lady," and the frenetic "Rhythm-a-ning.")
The Junior Mance Trio provides tight, impeccable support throughout, with some nice piano solos by Mance. When the set comes to a close with "The Panther," it is difficult not to marvel at the Gordon's abilities as a soulful melodicist, an incredibly adept, bold improviser and an intelligent, sensitive, and compelling creator. AT MONTREUX captures the man in action.