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MY BLUE NOTE OBSESSION

Cliff Jordan and John Gilmore: Blowing in From Chicago – 1957

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Imagine if Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, at the height of their popularity in 1957, invited a couple of sax guys you've never heard of to play with them. The result would be Blowing in From Chicago--a lively, wonderful record firmly in the Blue Note bop tradition. The rhythm section is extremely familiar: Art Blakey on drums, Horace Silver on piano and Curly Russell on bass. It's the same rhythm section that powered the Jazz ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Clifford Jordan: Glass Bead Games

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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 ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

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

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“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 Glass Bead Games Harvest Song 2006

Clifford Jordan was a soulful, powerful, deeply thoughtful Chicago tenor player who, though sought after by pianist Horace Silver and praised by fellow ...

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Clifford Jordan: Night of the Mark VII

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Tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan (1931-93) recorded consistently excellent hard bop throughout his three and half decades in jazz. But he was arguably never better than when heard with pianist Cedar Walton's Magic Triangle (which also figures among Walton's best work too). The quartet, with bassist Sam Jones and drummer Billy Higgins, was recorded prolifically between 1973 and 1976 -- mostly for Steeplechase under Jordan's name and Muse under Walton's name. Any one of these sets are highly recommended, offering some ...

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Clifford Jordan: The Mellow Side of Clifford Jordan

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The jazz world lost one of its great personalities when Clifford Jordan died in 1993. These informal, exceptionally intimate sessions, recorded at Mapleshade's Maryland studio between 1987 and 1991, capture Jordan's big, warm-toned tenor sax in a variety of settings ranging from sax / piano and sax / guitar duos to organ trios and four-horn jams. The album focuses mainly on slow blues and ballads, including Gershwin's “Embraceable You," Mal Waldron's “Soul Eyes," and a Jordan original, “Jug's Groove," dedicated ...