Cliff Jordan : Cliff Craft

Cliff Jordan : Cliff Craft


Cliff Jordan (tenor sax), Art Farmer (trumpet), Sonny Clark (piano), George Tucker (bass), Louis Hayes (drums)

Blue Note 1582

Music Matters Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited Edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

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1. Laconia
2. Soul-Lo Blues
3. Cliff Craft
4. Confirmation
5. Sophisticated Lady
6. Anthropology

Recorded on November 10, 1957, at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey.

In 1964, tenor-saxophonist Clifford Jordan did the impossible, holding his own next to the remarkable Eric Dolphy on a European tour with Charles Mingus. Jordan's distinctive tone and ability to play both inside and outside made him an underrated giant. Cliff Craft, his great Blue Note album from 1959, shows that he was already a major stylist five years earlier. 

Teamed with Art Farmer and Sonny Clark in a quintet, Jordan's every note is full of soul, swing and subtle surprises. He never played the expected and, inspired by his sidemen, Jordan comes up with one fresh idea after another. Not content to merely follow Sonny Rollins or John Coltrane, Clifford Jordan blazed his own original musical path, making Cliff Craft into one of the most memorable recordings of his career.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

Like all Music Matters Jazz releases, this audiophile vinyl reissue is mastered from the original analog tape and pressed on 180g virgin vinyl at RTI. The highest quality gatefold cover features original session photography on the inside.