Clifford Jordan Quartet: Clifford Jordan (vocals, tenor saxophone), Kevin O'Connell (piano), Ed Howard (bass), Vernel Fournier (drums).
Producers: Clifford Jordan, Pierre M. Sprey (all tracks).
Recorded live at Ethell's, Baltimore, Maryland on October 16-18, 1987. Includes liner notes by Pierre M. Sprey.
Tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan never seemed to record an uninspired album. This Mapleshade CD, cut live at a Baltimore club, matches Jordan with pianist Kevin O'Connell, bassist Ed Howard and drummer Vernel Fournier. In addition to four standards (including "Lush Life" and " "'Round Midnight"), Jordan performs Stanley Cowell's "Cal Massey" and three of his own straight-ahead but diverse originals. Excellent advanced straight-ahead jazz from an underrated great. ~ Scott Yanow