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Kidd Jordan & Hamid Drake: A Night In November - Live in New Orleans (2013)

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Hard to believe, but A Night In November—Live in New Orleans is the first drums / saxophone duet recording by legendary New Orleans free jazz saxophonist and educator Kidd Jordan
Kidd Jordan
Kidd Jordan
b.1935
saxophone
. He's accompanied by a true kindred spirit, Hamid Drake
Hamid Drake
Hamid Drake
b.1955
percussion
. Though both have made names for themselves in the rarefied world of free improvisation, neither are shy about their roots in more traditional forms of jazz, blues, soul, and R&B. Jordan, now almost 80 years old, is a remarkable figure whose music has only been properly documented since the late 1990s. In an interview with Ted Panken, published in Cadence Magazine back in 2003, Jordan states... "the aesthetic from the Blues is a part of the thing that I want to have in my playing. I don't care how out it gets." As an educator, Jordan touched the lives of many important and highly visible contemporary jazz artists, including Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis
b.1960
saxophone
, Donald Harrison
Donald Harrison
Donald Harrison
b.1960
sax, alto
, and co-founder of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
b.1977
band/orchestra
, Charles Joseph.

Also a Louisiana native, Drake is a couple of generations younger than Jordan and came up playing blues, funk, reggae, and African music in Chicago. Best known in the latter half of the 20th Century for longstanding and artistically fruitful collaborations with Fred Anderson
Fred Anderson
Fred Anderson
1929 - 2010
saxophone
, Foday Musa Suso, Don Cherry
Don Cherry
Don Cherry
1936 - 1995
trumpet
, William Parker
William Parker
William Parker
b.1952
bass, acoustic
, and Peter Brotzmann
Peter Brotzmann
Peter Brotzmann
b.1941
reeds
, Drake entered the 21st Century as one of the preeminent percussionists in both the jazz and improvised music worlds. Previously members of Fred Anderson's quartet, Drake and Jordan have been collaborating recently in trio format with bassist Joshua Abrams, and in trombonist Jeff Albert
Jeff Albert
Jeff Albert
b.1970
trombone
's quartet. It seems only natural that the two perform and record as a duo.

Though not conceived as a tribute recording, the towering figure of Fred Anderson-Drake's mentor and Jordan's running buddy- casts benevolent shadow over these proceedings. Known for his marathon improvisations and endless melodic / harmonic inventiveness, Anderson's duo and trio work (usually with Drake behind the kit) sets the tone for the proceedings on A Night In November—Live in New Orleans. The duo's free associative music runs the gamut from gutbucket funk to tender balladry to abstract sound investigations reminiscent of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. The set starts out with Jordan on alto saxophone, and instrument he originally studied with the intent of becoming a classical saxophonist. Here, Jordan is at his most edgy and abstract, firing off salvos of multiphonics, high- register squeals, and jagged 32nd note runs that reveal his grounding in the music of Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
1920 - 1955
sax, alto
, Eric Dolphy
Eric Dolphy
Eric Dolphy
1928 - 1964
reeds
, and Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
b.1930
sax, alto
. There's even a little quote from Ornette's "Blues Connotation" at about the halfway point of "Set One: Tenor and Drums." Drake's unhurried, sure-handed accompaniment is conversational but never overwhelming. Though he plays drum kit throughout, Drake's extensive experience with various hand drums is quite evident.

There are two brief solo interludes, one for each player, that form a bridge between the three duets that comprise the album. With Jordan on tenor, Drake plays a bit more aggressively. He dives right into his characteristic multi-rhythmic bag, alternating swing- feel improv with passages of backbeat funk and melodic / coloristic lines on the cymbals, toms and snare that shadow Jordan's long, twisting saxophone phrases. Recorded live in the studio before an invited audience, A Night In November—Live in New Orleans exudes a warmth that makes one wonder how free improvisation became such an esoteric pursuit in the first place.

Track Listing: Set One: Alto and drums; Drums; Tenor and Drums; Tenor – Wade in the Water; Set Two: Tenor and Drums.

Personnel: Kidd Jordan: alto and tenor saxophones; Hamid Drake: drums.

Record Label: Valid Records

Style: Dixieland/New Orleans/Swing


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