Kidd Jordan: Freedom and Tradition
While Jordan often functions in what might be called a post-New Thing aesthetic, he is not limited. His contributions to the Palm of Soul album, released by AUM Fidelity in 2006 and featuring Hamid Drake and William Parker, juxtapose delicacy with unpredictability as soul bubbles just beneath.
"It's just a way of life," says Jordan of improvisation and there really seems no better way to explain the ease and dexterity of his playing. He continues to try new things, including an arrangement of Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" by his daughter Rachel for saxophone and string quartet. "Yeah, I'll play the melody and then go out," Jordan says with glee and another hearty laugh. Whatever he does, his energy level is stunning, let alone for a man in his mid 70s. "You got to keep on keepin,'" he says, dismissing the years of neglect and hardship with a single stroke. His Vision tribute will undoubtedly entail an evening of celebration and fine music and the festivities could not be centered on a more deserving performer.
Kali Z. Fasteau/Kidd Jordan, Live at the Kerava Jazz Festival (Flying Note, 2007)
Jordan/Drake/Parker, Palm of Soul (AUM Fidelity, 2005)
Jordan/Futterman/Fielder, Live at the Tempere Jazz Happening 2000 (Charles Lester Music, 2000)
Anderson/Drake/Jordan/Parker, 2 Days in April (Eremite, 1999)
Futterman/Jordan Trio, Southern Extreme (Drimala, 1997)
Joel Futterman/Kidd Jordan, Relativity, Revelation & Authenticity Kali, 1995)