Wednesday, January 29, 2020
This Week In Jazz: Jordan Plays Leadbelly
This record was nowhere on my radar until yesterday when the Light In The Attic label shared an Instagram post about an upcoming reissue. I was intrigued enough to delve deeper and by the end of the first listen, I had preordered this baby.
Clifford Jordan is an adventurous player, steeped in the blues, but still able to hard blow with the best of them. On this 1965 session, he tackles many familiar melodies, managing to stay true to Leadbelly's material while still swinging, bopping and honking with enough gall to keep the jazz purists happy. Quite frankly, "These Are My Roots" knocked my socks off.
Jordan is accompanied by Richard Davis on bass, Tootie Heath on drums, Cedar Walton on piano, Julian Priester on trombone, Roy Burrowes on trumpet, Chuck Wayne on banjo and on two vocal tracks, the hauntingly beautiful voice of Sandra Douglass, one of those tunes, "Take This Hammer" is featured here along with "Goodnight Irene" and "Black Betty."
I hope you dig this even half as much as I do. I will never get over just how much great music has come before us with so much of it yet to be discovered.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 4:28 AM