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Clifford Jordan: The Complete Clifford Jordan Strata-East Sessions

Tenor saxophone grandmaster Clifford Jordan, who produced the seven dates that comprise The Complete Clifford Jordan Strata-East Sessions (Mosaic), performs on only three of the six CDs that comprise this box set. But his extreme individualism suffuses the proceedings, a fascinating snapshot of an under-documented period of hardcore jazz expression in New York.

The chronology begins in January 1968, when Jordan-who had led LPs for Blue Note, Riverside and other labels, and consequentially sidemanned with, among others, Horace Silver, J.J. Johnson, Max Roach and Charles Mingus-recorded Edward Blackwell (Shades of Edward Blackwell), Charles Brackeen (Rhythm X) and Wilbur Ware (Super Bass) for a venture called Frontier Records. During the early ’70s, Strata-East released Rhythm X (January 1968), Cecil Payne’s Zodiac (December 1968), Pharaoh Sanders’ Izipho Zam (My Gifts) (January 1969) and Jordan’s In the World (spring 1969). The latter three are long out of print; Super Bass was minimally distributed in 2012; Shades is previously unreleased.

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