21 September 2006

CLIFFORD JORDAN - GLASS BEAD GAMES

















"In all beginnings...a mystical,magic force,
What course ,what destiny...determined in time"

Strata East in full effect on this fabulous spiritual modal opus from Clifford Jordan with a double quartet line up from 1974.
Here's a great write up about this classic double lp by Kevin Moist from the superb
www.dreamgeo.com/Strata-East.

One of the coolest things about Strata-East was how it provided a space for previous-generation players often considered “too mainstream” by the freejazzers and “too weird” by the mainstreamers to move and grow in personalized ways. In the late ’50s and early ’60s Clifford Jordan was generally heard as a “Coltranesque” player, in his earlier classic style; but most of this Hesse-monickered double LP finds Jordan sailing beyond straight-ahead into deeper skies much more open and spacious. The homage to the inspiration of using swinging hard bop as a base for spiritual exploration is explicit on the tune John Coltrane, with its chant of “…Black Spirit… first newborn…”. While Jordan proves periodically here that he can wail whenever he wants to, mostly his tone and attitude are much less anguished than ’Trane’s often were, instead fountaining forth with a bountiful and dignified good-ness of nature that is at times almost buttery rich in its glow. Seemingly entirely recorded on “Stormy Monday, October 29, 1973”, there’s a loose but charged feel about the proceedings, probably accentuated by the session’s setup: Jordan and drummer Billy Higgins are constant on all tracks, but the bass and piano roles are divided between edgier cuts featuring Stanley Cowell and bassist Bill Lee (Spike’s dad), and more classicist numbers with pianist Cedar Walton and Sam Jones on bass. It’s easy to imagine everyone hanging around the studio egging each other on and feeding off the vibe of great musicians playing for themselves; much good spirit and positive energy radiate from this record.

9 comments:

NotGonnaTellYa said...

I can't seem to unzip track 6. Get a CRC, file is corrupt error.

Thanks for all you have posted here. Always wonderful stuff. Has opened my ears to alot of delightful music.

tokyokid said...

Same problem happened to me.

bacoso said...

Double click the .rar file and right click on the music folder. Select "repair archive" and a small window will appear proccessing the repair. You dont have to do something other than wait for it to finish. When it is over, a new .rar archive is created, with the repaired files in it. Unrar from this new file and you are done...

NotGonnaTellYa said...

Thank for the help. Great upload. Thanks.

hideo said...

I can't seem to get but the first five tracks and neither extractnow or izarc seems to repair it (2 downloads)--sure would appreciate a reup if possible

hideo said...

well, dang the first five cuts are incredible so I tried a THIRD download and used Stuffit to try and fix the archive file ... same failure to get past track 6 and I can't seem to get 7 onwards either with any of the 3 extraction programs I tried (I know, whine whine)

sigh, notgonna, could you tell me what you did as i'd love to get this whole post ... bacoso, anything else to try? thanks for the cuts I did get, incredible and the only reason I keep plugging at this (with all the great music out there ;)

Friendlier said...

Some of us don't right-click or left-click. We use Macs. Is there a repair for us? Maybe in Un-Rar-X?

hideo said...

follow up: this was one of several files that I HAD to extract--the repair tool in WIMRAR was the only thing that worked

and am I diggin this? UH HUUH!

soup said...

I discovered this blog recently and arandom burrow here produced Strata East! (i have only one Strata East album)

is there any possibility that the Strata East links be made available again?

Thanks