Complete 1954-62 Recordings
Essential Jazz Classics
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Born in New York and raised in Brooklyn, Duke Jordan (1922-2006) was an imaginative and bgifted pianist, and a regular member of the 1947-48 Charlie Parker Quintet, which also featured Miles Davis. Jordan had a long solo career from the mid-1950s onwards, although for a period in the mid-1960s he drove a taxi in New York, andfrom 1963 to 1973 he didn’t record a single note!
This CD compiles all of his trio output from the beginning of his career up to the aforementioned hiatus in 1962. Backing Jordan are such outstanding players as Gene Ramey, Percy Heath, Art Blakey, and Art Taylor. Among many highlights, this set includes Jordan’s first version of his most famous composition, “Jordu”.