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Cliff Jordan
Cliff Jordan
Cliff Jordan
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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24 bit digitally remastered Japanese reissue of classic Blue Note album in a miniaturized LP sleeve limited to the initial pressing only with the original artwork intact. 2000 release.


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All Artists: Cliff Jordan
Title: Cliff Jordan
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Label: Blue Note Japan
Release Date: 5/4/2004
Album Type: Original recording remastered, Import
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1


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24 bit digitally remastered Japanese reissue of classic Blue Note album in a miniaturized LP sleeve limited to the initial pressing only with the original artwork intact. 2000 release.

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Clifford reveals his emotional side
Kevin W. Celebi | Greencastle, IN | 12/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This session represents the nascent half blowing session/half rehearsed originals trend of the mid 50's in Blue Note Records. Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Paul Chambers, and Art Taylor were everywhere - recording at least twice a month. Cliff Jordan wasn't as heard as much (shamefully), as well as R&B-inclined Ray Bryant or Bird-loving John Jenkins (who especially loves Charlie Parker's lick from Perdido). The seven collaborated in the studio and let the jazz magic happen.

Clouds of musical statements weave out of your speakers when this music is played. "Cliff Jordan" was Jordan's eponymous debut to get his name out into the public, and it sure worked. The music foreshadows itself - it starts out with the catchy and major-chord-filled "Not Guilty," setting the pace for a lighthearted session with messengers of meaningful music making meaningful statements.

Jordan sounds absolutely beautiful on this album. His tone is tough to describe - leaping, confident, full-bodied, with little hesitancy. His harmonic creativity isn't remarkable, but his logical ideas flow effortlessly, his muscularity propelling them as his important statements of inspiration. Fuller leaves nothing behind, drawing a sweet trombone sound that will leave many brass players speechless (especially since he was only 22).

Morgan unmistakably sounds young and unseasoned - but the brash cockiness and flurries of triplets are still there. These Blue Note sessions raised his profile considerably, culminating in the peak of his membership in the Jazz Messengers. He only appears on three out of five numbers. There are 40 minutes of music total, not bad for a straight re-issue of a mid 50's session.

The aforementioned Not Guilty is comprised mainly of major chords and II-V-I's, sounding exuberant. St. John is based off of the chord changes to the first version of Milestones and Blue Shoes sounds like a gospel-tinged spiritual. "Beyond the Blue Horizon" is a classic standard, while Ju-Ba is dappled in nothing but dirty blues, boasting a double-timing Jordan and mature-sounding Morgan behind a harmon mute. Not a bad mix of originals and one standard by any means.

Blue Note albums like these are addictive as well - after hearing this one, you'll want to check out many more from the mid 50's catalog and hear more of the leaping Jordan, especially his considered masterpiece "Blowing In From Chicago," the ferocious duel with John Gilmore.

"Cliff Jordan's" best track is Blue Shoes, which is dangerously soaked in the territory of emotional gospel spirituals, but never losing sight of the blues and bop tradition. I have sought out this perfect, intense combination of spirituals and jazz for years, and Blue Shoes is one of the few tracks that has ultimately satisfied me.

Don't be a stranger to Cliff - I urge you to enjoy his traveling, projecting music and seek out his eponymous debut as soon as you can.