Clifford Laconia Jordan, 2 September 1931, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 27 March 1993, New York City, New York, USA. Jordan began his professional career playing tenor saxophone in R&B bands in the Chicago area. In 1957 he moved to New York, made the album Blowing In From Chicago with fellow tenor saxophonist John Gilmore and then spent time in groups led by Max Roach and Horace Silver. In the 60s he played with artists including J.J. Johnson, Charles Mingus, Kenny Dorham, Julian Priester and also led his own bands, touring extensively. In 1965 he released a tribute to Lead Belly, These Are My Roots, and in the late 60s began to record for the Strata East label: outstanding releases include In The World and Glass Bead Games. In the 70s he worked with Cedar Walton, often in a quartet context with Sam Jones and Billy Higgins (known as the Magic Triangle), recording some distinctive large ensemble albums for Muse (Remembering Me-Me, Inward Fire), and he also...
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