Recorded by CLIFFORD JORDAN on STARTING TIME
Fantasy (Jazzland): OJC-147 (LP) / Recorded June 14 & 15, 1961
||Medium swing (blues)
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
Extempore is a blues, alternating bluesy phrases with a more advanced sounding vocabulary. The head is in a question and answer format between the horns and the rhythm section. The changes behind the head are heavily-altered blues changes, and the melody shows how an outside musical vocabulary can be incorporated into a blues and sound convincing. While technically involved, it's very playable and because the head is only twelve bars long, it's easily mastered.
SOLOS: The solos are over a conventional 12-bar blues.
CLIFFORD JORDAN (1931-1993). A product of the Chicago jazz scene where his DuSable High School classmates included Johnny Griffin, John Gilmore and Richard Davis, Clifford played tenor sax with Max Roach and Sonny Stitt before moving to New York in 1957. From then on, he was in constant demand, playing with Horace Silver, Charles Mingus, Kenny Dorham, Andrew Hill, James Brown and J.J. Johnson. He led both small ensembles and big bands and played with Cedar Walton's trio. During the 1980s he recorded with such artists as Art Farmer, Barry Harris, Philly Joe Jones, and Tommy Flanagan. In all, Clifford performed on over 100 albums, 35 as a leader. His composition The Highest Mountain is a contemporary standard and has been recorded by Art Farmer, Cedar Walton, T.S. Monk and Native Colours.
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