Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Complete Clifford Jordan Strata-East Sessions

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Complete Clifford Jordan Strata-East Sessions

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The Complete Clifford Jordan Strata-East Sessions

Mosaic MD6-256

Disc 1: CLIFFORD JORDAN IN THE WORLD: Vienna (Al)/Doug's Prelude (A1)/Ouagoudougou (A2)/872 (A2). TT 39:55

Disc 2: ZODIAC THE MUSIC OF CECIL PAYNE (B): 1. Martin Luther King, Jr./I Know Love/2. Girl, You Got A Home #/3. Slide Hampton*/4. Follow Me/5. Flying Fish. TT 41:51

Disc 3: CHARLES BRACKEEN - RHYTHM X ©: Rhythm X/ Hour Glass/Charles Concept/C. B. Blues. ED BLACKWELL - SHADES OF EDWARD BLACKWELL: That Moment Of Glance (D1)/Farid (D1)/Drum Expose (D2)/The Eternal Rhythm (D2)/In Walked Buhaina (D2)/Shades Of General Lefty (D2). TT 70:25

Disc 4: PHAROAH SANDERS-IZIPHO ZAM (MY GIFTS) (E): Prince Of Peace/Balance/Izipho Zam. TT 50:18

Disc 5: WILBUR WARE - SUPER BASS (F): Mod House/ Symphony For JR/ Wilbur's Red Cross/A Real Nice Lady/For Frazier, Felicia, Veneida & Bernard/By Myself/Mod House (incomplete alt take)/For Frazier, Felicia, Veneida & Bernard (alt take)/Wilbur Reflects. TT 62:19

Disc 6: CLIFFORD JORDAN - GLASS BEAD GAMES: Powerful Paul Robeson (G1)/The Glass Bead Games (G2)/Prayer To The People (G2)/Cal Massey (G1)/John Coltrane (G1)/Eddie Harris (G1)/ Biskit (G1)/ Shoulders (G2)/Bridgework (G2)/Maimoun (G1)/Alias Buster Henry (G)/One For Amos (G2). TT 63:52

All sessions recorded in Englewood, NJ, exc. G1 & G2, White Plains, NY

(A1) Don Cherry (tp) Julian Priester (tb) Clifford Jordan (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Wilbur Ware, Richard Davis (b) Albert Heath (d). Spring 1969

(A2) Kenny Dorham (tp) Priester (tb) Jordan (ts) Kelly (p) Ware, Davis (b) Roy Haynes, Ed Blackwell (d). Spring 1969

(B) Dorham (tp) Payne (bs, as on *) Kelly (p, org on #) Ware (b) Heath (d). December 16, 1968

Don Cherry (tp) Charles Brackeen (ts) Charlie Haden (b) Blackwell (d). January 26, 1968

(D1) Cherry (tp) Luqman Lateef (ts) Ware (b) Blackwell (d). January 1968

(D2) Blackwell (d, log d) Billy Higgins, Dennis Charles (d) Roger Blank, Clifford Jordan (log d) Huss Charles (cga). January 1968

(E) Sonny Fortune (fl, as) Pharoah Sanders (ts, fl, perc, vcl) Howard Johnson (tuba) Lonnie Liston Smith (p) Sonny Sharrock (g) Cecil McBee, Sir one (Norris Jones) (b) Billy Hart, Majeed Shabazz (d) Chief Bey (African d) Nat Bettis, Tony Wylie (perc) Leon Thomas (vcl, perc). January 14, 1969

(F) Cherry (tp) Jordan (ts) Ware (b) Blackwell (d). January 1968

(G1) Jordan (ts, vcl) Stanley Cowell (p, vcl) Bill Lee (b) Higgins (d, vcl). October 29, 1973

(G2) Jordan (ts) Cedar Walton (p) Sam Jones (b) Higgins (d). October 29, 1973

Tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan was one of the rare talents of his era who felt equally at home in a hard bop context and in the freer environment of a Charles Mingus sextet alongside Eric Dolphy. As a leader, between 1957 and 1966 Jordan recorded for Blue Note, Riverside and its Jazzland subsidiary, and Atlantic and its Vortex imprint. His ambition extended to producing a series of recordings in the late Sixties that were eventually issued by Strata-East, an artists cooperative started by Charles Tolliver and Stanley Cowell in 1971. Two acclaimed releases by Jordan, In The World, recorded in the spring of 1969, and Glass Bead Games, from October 1973, were among the albums in his Dolphy Series for the label. The two Jordan works bookend albums by Pharaoh Sanders, Cecil Payne, and Charles Brackeen in a 6-disc Mosaic boxed set that also includes sessions led by Ed Blackwell and Wilbur Ware that were unreleased at the time. The Blackwell session is issued here for the very first time, while the Ware material sat on the shelf until 2012 when it was released by the Wilbur Ware Institute. Remarkably enough, this is the first set in Mosaic's 30-year history to feature all original material. …

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