Saturday, April 17, 2010

Clifford Jordan - Glass Bead Games

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.

Glass Bead Games - Clifford Jordan

Powerful Paul Robeson
The Glass Bead Games
Prayer To The People
Cal Massey
John Coltrane
Eddie Harris
Alias Buster Henry
One For Amos


marram62 said...

kingpossum said...

Clifford J! Great post. Check out "Blowing In From Chicago" too, a terrific session he cut with John Gilmore.

Blessings marram62.

Neroon001 said...

nice post excellant for a rainy saturday night thank you very much for sharing this

Bill said...

Excellent post.Many thanks!

James A. Naismith said...

Thanks for CJ

Gizem said...

Aw man, file not found.. How can I get this album (and more from Clifford Jordan, if possible)?