Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Clifford Jordan Quartet - Glass Bead Games

Greetings, reader! You may have noticed a reduction in the pace of posts recently. I'm moving house in a few days, so unfortunately posts will be intermittent (and probably a bit briefer) for the next couple weeks. I'll try to post and respond to comments as much/soon as I can as well. Don't worry, it'll be back to business as usual once the dust settles. As a special treat, there may also be the occasional guest post -- starting with this essential slab brought to you courtesy a good friend of Soundological, Julian from playjazzloud. If you appreciate the post, don't sleep on peepin' his site. It's chock-full o' podcasty goodness and other musical delights!

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192 CBR LAME mp3

Very excited about our first guest post on Soundological. We've been big fans of the blog at playjazzloud HQ and hope that our post can come close to the high standards set. Glass Bead Games is not the rarest piece of jazz vinyl you'll come across but it is certainly an LP that you must have in your collection, period. This is the kind of record that will have you looking at the tracklist whenever your iTunes shuffle finds a track from the album.

Here's what Dusty Groove has to say about Clifford Jordan's best record...

An essential bit of 70s soul jazz -- a real standout in both the catalogs of tenorist Clifford Jordan, and the Strata East label! This is one of those few records where every element is perfect, and all players rise together to a new level of expression -- and we'd easily rank this one right up there with John Coltrane's A Love Supreme or Pharoah Sanders' Kharma for sheer magnitude of sound and message! Clifford Jordan is at the height of his tenor powers -- cutting sharp lines, stretching out his notes, and hitting all these dark edges that had never appeared in his work -- and the rest of the group is great too -- with Stanley Cowell on piano, Bill Lee on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. Higgins is amazing, and gives the set a sort of lyrical freeplay that makes Jordan's hard solos come alive in a magical way -- and Cedar Walton also plays piano on a few numbers, pushing things forward with the sense of warmth and imagination that always made him a treat in the 70s! Every cut's a winner, and the set list includes "John Coltrane", "Alias Buster Henry", "Glass Bead Games", "Biskit", and "Bridgework". Great stuff, and a huge amount of music!

1 Powerful Paul Robeson
2 The Glass Bead Games
3 Prayer To The People
4 Cal Massey
5 John Coltrane
6 Eddie Harris
7 Biskit
8 Shoulders
9 Bridgework
10 Maimoun
11 Alias Buster Henry
12 One For Amos

Download HERE or HERE.


J Thyme...kind said...

To be mentioned in the same breath as "A Love Supreme" is more then enough of a reason for me to jump.

cheeba said...

You can say that again, J!

I had listened to it a couple times before at a mate's place but can't say I was intimately familiar with it. I've been listening to it the last few days since Julian sent the link and think it's appropriate praise.

Thanks, Julian!

Simon666 said...

Fantastic album.
I made a comp of Coltrane tribute tracks
a few months back which included Jordan's "John Coltrane", which is one of my favourite tracks of all time ...

J Thyme...kind said...

Cheeba, Tryin' out this BooMP3 player, but it seems a bit glitchy. Any clues?

cheeba said...

J, do you mean glitchy when you try and play the one on this post? If so, it's javascript and you might need to allow it in your browser settings or plugins on firefox.

If you mean trying to post on your blog, I noticed that it has been very glitchy today and I've had to abort the upload and start over a couple times. It's happened once or twice in the past couple months but otherwise it's been pretty smooth.

J Thyme...kind said...

Cheeba, Got a handle on it. The player works nicely & I've loaded a few tracks for each of the "Showdowns" to make it easier to sample each volume. Thanks for the tip on the player. Good call.

Julian said...

man the post looks so much better when its on here than when I was writing it on my computer :) glad you all are enjoying it. Will have something very different for a next post.

also going to be checking the Coltrane tribute tracks for sure. looks like a fab set of tunes.