Clifford Jordan/These Are My Roots:...Plays Leadbelly
Clifford Jordan/These Are My Roots:...Plays Leadbelly
Genre: Jazz
Label: Pure Pleasure
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,

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Clifford Jordan/These Are My Roots:...Plays Leadbelly

Clifford Jordan

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SKU:
PPRLP11444
UPC:
5060149623084

Coming February 2020 pre-order your copy today! Orders with both pre-order and in stock items will have all in stock items shipped immediately!

180g High Quality Pressing!
Remastered By Ray Staff at Air Mastering!

Clifford Jordan hailed from Chicago, hometown of hard-driving, so-called 'tough tenorists' like Gene Ammons and Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis. While Jordan shared their unnerving bravado, his tone is different, an alluring tone, simultaneously rough around the edges and ephemeral. A sought-after sideman, Jordan recorded with such stalwarts as Lee Morgan and Max Roach in the late fifties and early sixties, as well as a series of high standard solo albums. Like age matures wine, Jordan's style ripened in the early seventies, his lines becoming fluent like ripples of lake water. Jordan kept recording and performing steadily until his death in 1993.

Maybe this album, filled with interpretations of such classic tunes as Take This Hammer and Goodnight Irene, is not such a surprise act after all. The preceding year, Jordan had been part of Charles Mingus' outfit (appearing on the hi-voltage live album Right Now: Live At The Jazz Workshop) Musical gobbler Mingus' unfazed search for new vistas while retaining an all-embracing sense of the past's relevance and blend of harmonic finesse with unbridled juke joint tumult surely rubbed off on Jordan.

Da Gray Goose is one of the cases in point. Tasteful harmony over the stop-time theme kicks it into action, strongly plucked bass and fiery drums inspire the soloists, creating an atmosphere of abandon. Lusty shout choruses stoke up the fire as the tune progresses. There are also some, yes, virtuoso banjo parts.

The gloomy folk blues music of Huddie 'Leadbelly' Ledbetter, whose life story reads like a combined effort of Shakespeare and James Baldwin, including oppression, hardship, addiction, treachery, murder and prison life, is excellently cast in a jazz frame. But not too jazzy, often the sound of Jordan's top-notch group is as tough-as-nails as the sound of any one group that enlivened the back alley bars way back when. Jordan's unpredictable phrasing overcomes the restrictions of the rigid folk blues form.

Craftily uncrafted, These Are My Roots is a spirited album of earnest, raw and ebullient swing.

Features

  • 180g Vinyl
  • Remastered Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Musicians

Clifford Jordan tenor saxophone
Chuck Wayne banjo
Richard Davis bass (2)
Al Heath drums
Cedar Walton piano
Julian Priester trombone
Roy Burrowes trumpet
Sandra Douglass vocals (A3, B3)

Selections

Side A:

  1. Dick's Holler
  2. Silver City Bound
  3. Take This Hammer
  4. Black Betty
  5. The Highest Mountain

Side B:

  1. Goodnight Irene
  2. De Gray Goose
  3. Black Girl
  4. Jolly O The Ransome
  5. Yellow Gal
Description

Coming February 2020 pre-order your copy today! Orders with both pre-order and in stock items will have all in stock items shipped immediately!

180g High Quality Pressing!
Remastered By Ray Staff at Air Mastering!

Clifford Jordan hailed from Chicago, hometown of hard-driving, so-called 'tough tenorists' like Gene Ammons and Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis. While Jordan shared their unnerving bravado, his tone is different, an alluring tone, simultaneously rough around the edges and ephemeral. A sought-after sideman, Jordan recorded with such stalwarts as Lee Morgan and Max Roach in the late fifties and early sixties, as well as a series of high standard solo albums. Like age matures wine, Jordan's style ripened in the early seventies, his lines becoming fluent like ripples of lake water. Jordan kept recording and performing steadily until his death in 1993.

Maybe this album, filled with interpretations of such classic tunes as Take This Hammer and Goodnight Irene, is not such a surprise act after all. The preceding year, Jordan had been part of Charles Mingus' outfit (appearing on the hi-voltage live album Right Now: Live At The Jazz Workshop) Musical gobbler Mingus' unfazed search for new vistas while retaining an all-embracing sense of the past's relevance and blend of harmonic finesse with unbridled juke joint tumult surely rubbed off on Jordan.

Da Gray Goose is one of the cases in point. Tasteful harmony over the stop-time theme kicks it into action, strongly plucked bass and fiery drums inspire the soloists, creating an atmosphere of abandon. Lusty shout choruses stoke up the fire as the tune progresses. There are also some, yes, virtuoso banjo parts.

The gloomy folk blues music of Huddie 'Leadbelly' Ledbetter, whose life story reads like a combined effort of Shakespeare and James Baldwin, including oppression, hardship, addiction, treachery, murder and prison life, is excellently cast in a jazz frame. But not too jazzy, often the sound of Jordan's top-notch group is as tough-as-nails as the sound of any one group that enlivened the back alley bars way back when. Jordan's unpredictable phrasing overcomes the restrictions of the rigid folk blues form.

Craftily uncrafted, These Are My Roots is a spirited album of earnest, raw and ebullient swing.

Features

  • 180g Vinyl
  • Remastered Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Musicians

Clifford Jordan tenor saxophone
Chuck Wayne banjo
Richard Davis bass (2)
Al Heath drums
Cedar Walton piano
Julian Priester trombone
Roy Burrowes trumpet
Sandra Douglass vocals (A3, B3)

Selections

Side A:

  1. Dick's Holler
  2. Silver City Bound
  3. Take This Hammer
  4. Black Betty
  5. The Highest Mountain

Side B:

  1. Goodnight Irene
  2. De Gray Goose
  3. Black Girl
  4. Jolly O The Ransome
  5. Yellow Gal
ISBN
PREORDER
ASSOC
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Genre
Jazz
If Can Be Discounted
YES
Discontinued
NO
Inventory
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Construct
0
Dropship
0
Record Speed Record Size
12"
Artist
Clifford Jordan
Title
These Are My Roots: Clifford Jordan Plays Leadbelly
Composer
Additional Artists
Record Weight
180G
Record Speed
33RPM
Multi Channel
Stereo
1
Mono
Colored
Picture Disc
1/2 Speed
DMM
Out of Print
Sell Hold/Repressing
Direct to disc
Creation Date
01-09-2020
Release Date
Scratch & Dent
0
Availability
Preorder
Format
Vinyl
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