Clifford Jordan — These Are My Roots

This 1965 Atlantic date is not necessarily what you would expect from tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan, who had worked with Horace Silver, Max Roach, and Charles Mingus, among others.  It’s made up of reworkings of songs written by blues/folk singer Leadbelly, and the end result is some excellent music that doesn’t fall completely under a blues or jazz description.  Jordan used a core group of Albert Heath (dr), Richard Davis (bs), Julian Priester (tb), and Roy Burrowes (tp)–adding Cedar Walton (p), vocalist Sandra Douglass, and Chuck Wayne on guitar and banjo on some of the tunes.  This record also prompted me to revisit the original Leadbelly recordings, which are fantastic–check his music out if you’ve never heard it.

A rare online purchase that was pretty accurately graded.  Seller called it NM- with some “age markings”–and that’s about right–glossy with little evidence of play, along with what I would call “storage spots”.  Semantics aside, it sounds great with very little noise, and the cover is in nice shape as well.

(Details: Atlantic 1444 mono/red and purple/black fan)

Clifford Jordan — Dick’s Holler (mono)

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