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Glass Bead Games [Import]

Clifford Jordan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B000025XMY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,089,521 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Bargain! 5 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
I first bought this as a double on vinyl in the mid 70s.
The glased thick cardboard gatefold cover, with a black and pink graphic, was stunning, but the music within is even more incredible.
Jordan has a beautiful, distinctive tone on Tenor, changing around this time from a Rollins-influenced attack to a more fluid Coltrane style. The music here also reflects Coltrane's work of 10 years before (1965). This is no basic set of standards or jams, with theme-solos-theme structures (although some tunes do follow this pattern). What we have here are two separate quartets featuring some of pianists Stanley Cowell's and Cedar Walton's best tunes. Bassist Bill Lee also contributes his "John Coltrane", with its "Love Supreme" influenced mantra. This group however could carry it of tastefully, without ever sounding hackneyed. These guys (especially Jordan and Walton) played on and off for around a decade in each others groups (see also Walton's "Night at Boomer's" on Muse and "Magic Triangle" on Steeplechase) and by this time could read each others mind. The music is atmospheric, sometimes impressionistic, "funky" at times (whatever that means), but always controlled. This music is from some 5 years before the rise of Marsalis and his retinue, when speed and precision were not yet at a premium. The Charly issue contains the complete double album on a single CD (12 Tracks)
Quite simply it contains some of the best jazz of the 70s, or any other decade.
What a Tenor! What a bargain!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem 10 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD
I entirely agree with the other reviewers: a stunning album of great originality, performed with panache. Quite why no one has managed to resisssue it remains a mystery, leading to the rather ludicrous prices being asked for copies now. See Amazon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clifford Jordan's neglected classic from 1973. 19 April 2012
By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The underrated tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan recorded this marvellous album for the STRATA-EAST label on 'Stormy Monday', October 29, 1973. He leads two different quartets one of which features STRATA-EAST label owner Stanley Cowell on piano, Bill Lee(bass) & Billy Higgins(drums). On the second quartet Cedar Walton(piano) & Sam Jones(bass) replace Stanley Cowell and Bill Lee respectively.
The 12 original compositions were contributed from all the members of both quartets with the highlights being Jordan's 'Powerful Paul Robeson' & Bill Lee's moving 'John Coltrane'.
The overlooked 'Glass Bead Games' is one of the finest modern jazz albums of the 1970s and is well worth tracking down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars If you find it, buy it! 20 Jun 2001
By J. Steichmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Don't let the 3-star rating throw you off. This cd has some amazing music on it; I give it three stars because about half is just very good soul-bop. This cd was one of the amazing Strata-East releases of the early 70's. There are two quartets, both led by Jordan with Bill Lee and Billy Higgins or Sam Jones and Louis Hayes as the bass/drums and long time Jordan foils Cowell or Walton on piano. This album contained the first recording of "John Coltrane" Bill Lee's homage. Both rhythm sections were regular working bands for Jordan, and their closeness and comfort with each other is apparent. Their ease is perhaps what keeps me from giving this a 5-star rating, but it is consistently very good and occasionally brilliant. The recording has not been re-released because the beauty of Strata was also it's downfall. As an artist-owned label, they licensed works from the musicians and the rights reverted after the contracted run. The rights to this one are with the Jordan estate, and or whatever reason, they have not made this one available. Charly Records had no such compunctions and released this non-sanctioned version in Europe. Jordan blows cool and crazed on the whole disc, and it remains one of the best of his ouvre, second only to _In The World_, his other Strata-East release that also remains lamentably dormant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant tight jazz that should not be missed! 19 Nov 2005
By Speedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Excellent album (i have the Lp version which unites vol 1 & vol 2 in one package) that brings together the elegant and impecable writting of Jordan, Cowell, Walton and Higgins. The solos are of the highest order and the tightness of the arrangements puts to shame many young cats that should listen to these master elders.
Hard to find in any media you should get this at any cost if you have been amazed by Coltrane, Arthur blythe and the likes.
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