While unacknowledged, there was a Prestige style in the late Sixties, which placed bebop veterans and simpatico younger players in the presence of a supercharged rhythm section, then allowed the blowing to flow without inhibition. Producer Don Schlitten perfected the approach, ultimately practicing it on his own Xanadu label, and this Dexter Gordon session could serve as a prototype. The companion volume to The Tower of Power! (OJCCD-299-2), it features the modern tenor sax fountainhead at his most inspired, roaring through a program including the debut recording of his "Fried Bananas" and two other originals. As an added bonus, James Moody's tenor weighs in on "Lady Bird," and Barry Harris's piano offers eloquent contrast throughout.
with James Moody, Barry Harris, Buster Williams, Albert "Tootie" Heath