Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Duke Jordan & Bud Powell - New York & Paris

This highly enjoyable 1997 CD has some classic bebop from pianist Duke Jordan, who is joined by bassist Gene Ramey and drummer Lee Abrams during his first recording session as a leader. Jordan, who seven years earlier had been Charlie Parker's pianist in one of Bird's finest groups, reprises his famous introduction to "Embraceable You," introduces his most famous composition ("Jordu"), and swings his way through a variety of standards and two other originals ("Scotch Blues" and "Wait and See") that are worth reviving. The three alternate takes had been previously unreleased. This CD also has the four songs recorded during a session a 1960 in Paris by Bud Powell in a trio with bassist Pierre Michelot and drummer Kenny Clarke. The troubled pianist was fortunately having a good day, and is heard in near-prime form on such numbers as "John's Abbey" and "Crossin' the Channel." Recommended.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/release/duke-jordan-new-york-bud-powell-paris-mr0001509004

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 1st 1922, Irving Sidney "Duke"Jordan earned his nickname because of his admiration for Duke Ellington. He began his professional career very young, and recorded in the 40's and 50's, with some of the best musicians at that time such as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Oscar Pettiford... He then started his own trio.
Taking advantage of Henri Renaud's presence in New York to record musicians for the Vogue label, Duke Jordan recorded for his first time under his own name on January 28th 1954. Pianist with an original style and a dynamic nevertheless melodic playing, Duke Jordan was also a prolific composer. Amongst the height titles of this album, there are five standards and three personnal compositions, including the famour "Minor Encamp", better known as "Jordu". Efficiently assisted by bassist Gene Ramey and drummer Lee Abrams, Duke Jordan dispkays here his improvisation talent in favor of an idiom widely influenced by Bud Powell.
Daniel Dugard (1997), from the booklet

Duke Jordan
Bud Powell
New York/Paris


1 Just One of Those Things (Porter)  3:52
2 Embraceable You (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:58
3 Minor Escamp (Jordu) (Jordan)  4:44
4 Scotch Blues (Jordan)  3:40
5 Confirmation (Parker)  3:15
6 Darn That Dream (DeLange, Van Heusen)  4:19
7 They Can't Take That Away from Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  5:27
8 Wait and See (Jordan)  4:42
9 Just One of Those Things [alt. take] (Porter)  3:46
10 Embraceable You [alt. take] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  5:25
11 Darn That Dream [alt. take] (DeLange, Van Heusen)  4:05
12 Buttercup (Powell)  5:29
13 John's Abbey (Powell)  4:19
14 Sweet and Lovely (Arnheim, LeMare, Tobias)  3:30
15 Crossin' the Channel (Powell)  4:21


[# 1-11] Duke Jordan
Duke Jordan - p
Gene Ramey - b
Lee Abrams - dr
Recorded in New York City ; January 28, 1954
[# 12-15] Bud Powell Trio
Bud Powell - p
Pierre Michelot - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
Recorded at Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris ; October 14, 1960


lucky5 said...

Thank you very much, Mel!!

Andy said...

Many thanks!

rubberduck said...

many thanks, MEL

jazzcat1228 said...

Very nice. Thank you, Mel!

duck said...

Hi again Mel, sorry to tell you that this "Duke Jordan-Bud Powell" set is offline at rapidshare. will try again later.

Pernath said...

Thanks Mel!
Could you please re-up this link?
Please, please...

Melanchthon said...


Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much for everything. Marvellous work

deGallo said...

Nice! Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

Buhodós said...

Hola, no sé cómo abrir los archivos comprimidos. ¿Alguien puede ayudarme?

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel!

musician3 said...

Great..................Thank You

neil said...

Missed this first time around, mel; many thanks for the re-up...

cvllos said...

Thank you, too much, Melanchthon!

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon. I didn't have these sessions.