Monday, March 4, 2013

Cliff Jordan

Clifford Jordan was a fine inside/outside player who somehow held his own with Eric Dolphy in the 1964 Charles Mingus Sextet. Jordan had his own sound on tenor almost from the start. He gigged around Chicago with Max Roach, Sonny Stitt, and some R&B groups before moving to New York in 1957. Jordan immediately made a strong impression, leading three albums for Blue Note (including a meeting with fellow tenor John Gilmore) and touring with Horace Silver (1957-1958), J.J. Johnson (1959-1960), Kenny Dorham (1961-1962), and Max Roach (1962-1964). After performing in Europe with Mingus and Dolphy, Jordan worked mostly as a leader but tended to be overlooked since he was not overly influential or a pacesetter in the avant-garde. A reliable player, Clifford Jordan toured Europe several times, was in a quartet headed by Cedar Walton in 1974-1975, and during his last years, led a big band. He recorded as a leader for Blue Note, Riverside, Jazzland, Atlantic (a little-known album of Leadbelly tunes), Vortex, Strata-East, Muse, SteepleChase, Criss Cross, Bee Hive, DIW, Milestone, and Mapleshade.
Scott Yanow

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Clifford Jordan
Clifford Jordan


1 Not Guilty (Jordan) 11:41
2 St. John (Jenkins) 8:13
3 Blue Shoes (Fuller) 9:35
4 Beyond the Blue Horizon (Robin, Harling, Whiting) 6:55
5 Ju-Ba (Morgan) 3:55

Lee Morgan - tp
Curtis Fuller - tb
Cliff Jordan - ts
Ray Bryant - p
Paul Chambers - b
Art Taylor - dr

Recorded  at the Van Gelder Recording Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey ; June 2, 1957


mybonnie77 said...

Thanks Mel, for this and for all. As Always very good music.

Sivad said...

Thanks, Melanchthon!

Leopold said...

deGallo said...

Thank you. Nice album.

CrunchyFrog said...

very nice Leopold! thanks a million.

FrankDell said...

Thanks Leopold.