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Duke Jordan: Flight to Jordan - 1960

Read "Duke Jordan: Flight to Jordan - 1960" reviewed by Marc Davis

If this isn't a perfect hard bop record, it comes awfully close. And coming from an artist who is virtually forgotten, it's all the sweeter. Duke Jordan was an A-list pianist who was there at the birth of bebop. He was part of Charlie Parker's classic quintet in 1947. So why don't we know his name the way we know Thelonious Monk's or Bud Powell's? My guess is Jordan just didn't have the personality to be ...

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Duke Jordan: In Copenhagen

Read "In Copenhagen" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Irving Stanley “Duke" Jordan, pianist in legendary altoist Charlie Parker's classic quintet, recorded this solo album late in life. It shows he had lost none of the qualities that led Bird to pick him to take part--along with trumpeter Miles Davis, bassist Tommy Potter and drummer Max Roach--in such landmark recordings as “Bird of Paradise," “Dewey Square," “Dexterity" and “Embraceable You." It also shows that, as a composer, Jordan still had the chops that gave birth to ...

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Duke Jordan Quintet: Duke's Delight

Read "Duke's Delight" reviewed by Mike Neely

Duke's Delight is a classy recording from a pianist of renown. While the tape was rolling Duke Jordan's playing was inspired, and the band stayed right with him throughout this session, which includes five Jordan compositions and Duke Ellington's “In My Solitude."

Playing piano in a sax and trumpet format is a setting long familiar to Jordon, and his clear, melodic lines rise above a tight band that is consistently up for the challenge. Charlie Rouse ...

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Duke Jordan: Flight to Norway

Read "Flight to Norway" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Jazz pianists in the era of Monk and Powell faced an almost Sisyphean task when it came to currying popularity with the public. These two doyens of the instrument cast a nimbus of influence so wide that even luminaries like Elmo Hope and Herbie Nichols were subsumed in their shadows. Despite being present during the birthing of be-bop and serving as Charlie “Bird” Parker’s pianist, Duke Jordan was another one caught under blinding Klieg lights that the two put up. ...


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