Clifford Jordan

These Are My Roots: C. Jordan Plays Leadbelly (SD11444)

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These Are My Roots: C. Jordan Plays Leadbelly

Clifford Jordan

Pure Pleasure

5060149623084

LPS 159525

SD11444

JAZZ

1

LP 24,78 €

• 180 GRAM ANALOGUE VINYL

• LIMITED EDITION

• AUDIOPHILE RE-MASTERING

At first glance, this appears to be a very illogical album. Back in 1965, tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan recorded a tribute to the late folksinger Leadbelly. The date, originally cut for Atlantic, is actually more successful than one might expect. Jordan performs nine of Leadbelly's originals (including the hit "Goodnight Irene"), turning the music into jazz without lessening the impact of the melodies or their folk roots. Trumpeter Roy Burrowes, trombonist Julian Priester, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath are on most of the selections along with Jordan, while Chuck Wayne (on guitar and banjo) helps out on four tunes, and pianist Cedar Walton is on three. The fine young singer Sandra Douglass is excellent on "Take This Hammer" and "Black Girl." Overall, this project is an unexpected success -- one would not have thought that Clifford Jordan and Leadbelly had that much in common!

PERSONNEL:

  • CLIFFORD JORDAN, tenor saxophone
  • ROY BURROWES, trumpet
  • JULIAN PRIESTER, trombone
  • CEDAR WALTON, piano
  • RICHARD DAVIS, bass
  • CHUCK WAYNE, banjo
  • AL HEATH, drums
  • SANDRA DOUGLASS, vocals on tracks: A3, B3

Recorded in NYC, February 1 & 17, 1965

TRACKS:

  • SIDE A:
  • A1. Dick's Holler
  • A2. Silver City Bound
  • A3. Take This Hammer
  • A4. Black Betty
  • A5. The Highest Mountain
  • SIDE B:
  • B1. Goodnight Irene
  • B2. De Gray Goose
  • B3. Black Girl
  • B4. Jolly O The Ransome
  • B5. Yellow Gal