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Album Review

Clifford Jordan: Glass Bead Games

Read "Glass Bead Games" reviewed by Robert Iannapollo


Perennially underrated saxophonist Clifford Jordan recorded two of his best albums for the Strata East label and Glass Bead Games is arguably his greatest recording and one of the great albums of the 1970s. Everything is right about this date; Jordan never sounded so good, his tone rich and full, his improvisatory ideas taking the models of Coltrane and Rollins and giving them his own twist. Recorded on a “stormy Monday, October 29, 1973," it was originally issued as a ...

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Extended Analysis

Clifford Jordan's Glass Bead Games: Coltrane's Progeny

Read "Clifford Jordan's Glass Bead Games: Coltrane's Progeny" reviewed by Samuel Chell


"I suddenly realized that in the language of the Glass Bead Game every symbol and combination of symbols led not to single examples but into the center, the mystery and innermost heart of the world, into primal knowledge." —Hermann Hesse Clifford Jordan was a soulful, powerful, deeply thoughtful Chicago tenor player who, though sought after by pianist Horace Silver and praised by fellow saxophonist Sonny Rollins, was fated to be the Lester Young of his era, misunderstood and ...


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