7 December 2008

Kidd Jordan Quartet plus at Vision 2008



There seems to be an interest in Kidd Jordan, so to accommodate that interest, we bring a set from this year's Vision Festival in New York. Jordan was honoured with an whole evening and played four out of five seats, in sweltering heat to judge from reports from the scene.

Jordan, a long-time New Orleans resident, was one of the many having to relocate due to the massive floods in the wake of Katrina and his property in the Upper Ninth Ward was completely devastated. He is now a Baton Rouge resident. Instead of moving to the jazz capitals of the US, he remained in New Orleans and worked for many years as a jazz instructor at the Southern University in New Orleans, from which he retired in 2006. He was awarded the French Chevalier order by the Ministry of Culture in 1985 for his teaching and his performances.

The set we have here was the penultimate one of the evening and has Jordan on tenor, Fred Anderson on tenor and the ubiquitous William Parker on bass and Hamid Drake on drums. Anderson is in the left channel and Jordan in the right. At about the 15-minute mark they are joined by Billy Bang on violin and Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre on tenor. The three tenors at Vision!

There is only one piece, clocking in over 40 minutes. It starts off with Anderson and Jordan trading licks among each other, Anderson with longer, fluid lines in mid- and lower registers and Jordan with shorter, sharper, more staccato phrases in the upper registers, often reaching into atonal shrieks. McIntyre appears roughly in the middle of the mix and the second half has them all shooting off at each other, switching from free improvisation to nods in the direction of blues and traditional jazz idioms. Underneath is Parker and Drake, laying down a solid groove which sets them feet a-tapping, no matter what.

This was recorded on 14 June 2008 and later transmitted by BBC's Jazz on Three programme. This is only an except of the whole programme and I've left out an interview, which I can always add, if desirable. Thanks to Tom Phillips for recording the programme and to the BBC crew for recording and airing the performance. We'll have some more Kidd Jordan here in a little while.

17 comments:

kinabalu said...
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Wallofsound said...

Many thanks for sharing this. I usually try and record the Jazz On 3 special performances, but I missed this one, so I'm especially pleased you got it. And, yes, I'd be interested in the interview.

Boromir said...

Nice one kinabalu. I got the other three sets from dime. Audience recordings, not brilliant quality, but worth having as they are unique examples of Kidd's work (also good to hear Bluiett):

Trio
Dave Burrell piano
Kidd Jordan tenor
Hamiet Bluiett Baritone

http://rapidshare.com/files/170136031/KJtrio.rar

Quartet
Blly Bang Violin
Kidd Jordan tenor
William Parker Bass
Hamid Drake drums

http://rapidshare.com/files/170144622/KJ4tet.rar


Quintet
Kidd Jordan tenor
Joel Futterman Piano
Clyde kerr tpt
William Parker Bass
Gerald Cleaver drums

http://rapidshare.com/files/170158367/KJ5tet.rar

kinabalu said...

Thanks for those, Boromir. I grabbed sets 2 and 5 (the one posted here), but not the others.

And here's the interview:

http://tinyurl.com/6faypu

Slothrop said...

Thanks so much to all of you for this great stuff. I wanted desperately to make it to these performances, but couldn't get away. Your collective generosity is wonderful.

I should also say that criticism of the Anderson-Jordan quartet with Billy Bang and Kalaparusha sitting in was pretty biting in the days after the show. Upon hearing it myself, I have to say that it sounds awfully good.

Ford MF said...

I was there and yeah, the heat was brutal. Thankfully you could zip out between sets to sit outside or grab a beer or whatnot. I'm excited to hear these again. I remember the Jordan / Bang / Drake / Parker set as being particularly explosive.

Ford MF said...

Also, re: criticism of the Anderson/Jordan set: Jordan unfortunately spent most of the set, iirc, trying to fix his broken horn (people from the audience were getting up and trying to give him rubber bands and shit to help), so yeah, there was some disappointment there. And Kalaparusha seemed kind of frail and not up to playing much. But it's always a pleasure to hear Fred Anderson and Hamid Drake together, regardless of whomever they're playing with or what's going on around them.

gsrbrts2 said...

Thanks for the Kidd Jordan at Vision XIII. BTW, those are my drums that Hamid is playing. If you want to help Kidd with his organizations, you may wish to mail him contribution :

"Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp"

Kidd Jordan

P.O. Box 74737

Baton Rouge, LA 70874

Best, Gus

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful - thank you!! These greats sound fabulous together even though, as previous posters noted, Kalaparusha and Jordan had to lay out from time to time. Thank you so much for your generosity.

JC said...

Thank you all.

Any chance for new links for the Trio and Quintet sets mentioned here? They've expired due to lack of use (says RS)...

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I got the other three sets from dime. Audience recordings, not brilliant quality, but worth having as they are unique examples of Kidd's work (also good to hear Bluiett):

Trio
Dave Burrell piano
Kidd Jordan tenor
Hamiet Bluiett Baritone


Quintet
Kidd Jordan tenor
Joel Futterman Piano
Clyde kerr tpt
William Parker Bass
Gerald Cleaver drums

Hookfinger said...

Great stuff. Here I am a year too late mourning the loss of the Trio and Quartet links. Much appreciated on the others though.

haifisch said...

You can Reupload please.... Thanks

kinabalu said...

The whole thing in one neat package:

1fichier

haifisch said...

WOW kinabalu Thank you very much

francisco santos said...

THX !!!!...

JC said...

Thanks a bunch for the whole shebang! Sometimes it pays off to stick around 5 years...