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”.
DUKE JORDAN, piano
on all tracks, plus:
[1-11]: GENE RAMEY, bass: LEE ABRAMS, drums.
New York, January 28, 1954.
[12-16]: PERCY HEATH, bass; ART BLAKEY, drums.
New York, October 10, 1955.
: REGGIE WORKMAN, bass; ART TAYLOR, drums.
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, August 4, 1960.
: EDDIE KAHN, bass; ART TAYLOR, drums.
New York, January 12, 1962.
INCLUDES 12-PAGE BOOKLET
01 JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS
02 EMBRACEABLE YOU
03 JORDU [aka MINOR ESCAMP]
04 SCOTCH BLUES
06 DARN THAT DREAM
07 THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME
08 WAIT AND SEE
09 JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS [alt tk]
10 EMBRACEABLE YOU [alt tk]
11 DARN THAT DREAM [alt tk]
13 SULTRY EVE
14 THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME #2
15 A NIGHT IN TUNISIA
17 I SHOULD CARE
18 NO PROBLEM
TOTAL TIME: 79:41 Min.