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Album Review

This 1975 session features Duke Jordan with fellow expatriate Ed Thigpen on drums and bassist Mads Vinding. The pianist began a long working relationship with Steeplechase in the early '70s that produced a number of recordings by the end of the decade. The trio works well together playing play Jordan's compositions, most of which were likely new, though there are no liner notes to provide background on the music. Although the eight originals performed on this session (with two alternate takes added for the CD reissue) never became very well known as his hit "Jordu," there are a number of enjoyable tunes, including the soft ballad "32nd Street Love," the swaggering bop vehicle "Truth," and "Hymn to Peace," which begins in a meditative mood before switching gears to a breezy setting with Vinding's tasty solo.


Born: 01 April 1922 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Although he had a long career, Duke Jordan will always be best known for being pianist with Charlie Parker's classic 1947 quintet. A little earlier, he worked with the Savoy Sultans, Coleman Hawkins, and the Roy Eldridge big band (1946). After his year with Parker (his piano introductions to such songs as "Embraceable You" were classic), Jordan worked with the Sonny Stitt/Gene Ammons quintet (1950-1951) and Stan Getz (1949 and 1952-1953). He started recording as a leader in 1954, debuting his most...
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