This excellent Columbia album was recorded less than a year after Dexter Gordon's well-publicized tour of the United States following a dozen years spent living in Europe. With assistance from such other major players as trumpeters Woody Shaw and Benny Bailey
, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson
sounds in superlative form on Woody Shaw's "The Moontrane," four standards, and his own "Fried Bananas." In addition to the original program (which features Dexter with an all-star tentet), the 1997 CD reissue adds two 1979 features for vocalese singer Eddie Jefferson
("Diggin' It" and "It's Only a Paper Moon") that were originally released on Gordon's Great Encounters
; trumpeter Shaw and trombonist Curtis Fuller
co-star with Gordon. An excellent acquisition.