Upon Duke Jordan's initial visit to Copenhagen, Denmark, followed by his decision to make the move as an expatriate permanent, he was tempted to stay by playing with some extraordinary Scandinavian rhythm sections. Bassist Mads Vinding, one of many skilled Danish jazz bassists, is here on the date performing in fine style. Drummer Ed Thigpen, who left the U.S. to take up permanent residence in Europe, was an even bigger influence in making Jordan's decision a good one, and is an equally skillful musical partner on this date. This is an expanded edition from the previous original issue on the Steeplechase label; a Japanese import with several alternate takes. It's an understated session for the most part, equal parts melancholy and hopeful, as one might expect with the trepidation of leaving home for new, unknown horizons to be discovered in a foreign land. The upbeat songs, as the modal, popping, tom-tom driven "No Problem" (from the movie soundtrack Les Liason Dangereuses) and the famous bop flag-waver "Jordu," bookend the CD. The bulk of the recording showcases the softer side of Jordan, with takes of the somber ballad "Here's That Rainy Day," the slightly brighter "Everything Happens to Me," and two versions of the polite waltz "Glad I Met Pat," dedicated to a nine-year-old girl Jordan knew in New York City prior to her being kidnapped. The pianist employs chiming piano chords for "How Deep Is the Ocean?," is lighthearted in his slight interpretation of the well worn "On Green Dolphin Street," does two takes on the light, bluesy swinger "If I Did, Would You?," and ramps up to midtempo the bluesy original "Flight to Denmark," reflective of the insecurity and consequential optimism that followed his leaving the States. This is Duke Jordan at his most magnificent, with the ever-able Vinding and expert Thigpen playing their professional roles perfectly, producing perhaps the second best effort (next to Flight to Jordan from 13 years hence) from the famed bop pianist. [Originally released in 1973, Flight to Denmark was reissued as an import-only Japanese CD in 2002.] ~ Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide
No Problem (6:46) Here's That Rainy Day (7:27) Everything Happens to Me (5:44) Glad I Met Pat [Take 3] (5:45) Glad I Met Pat [Take 4] (5:29) How Deep Is the Ocean? (7:25) On Green Dolphin Street (8:24) If I Did - Would You? [Take 1] (3:43) If I Did - Would You? [Take 2] (3:52) Flight to Denmark (5:48) No Problem [Take 2] (7:14) Jordu [Take 1] (4:54)
Hailed by critics to be the best jazz film ever, famous photographer's Bert Stern's Jazz On A Summer's Day lives up to its reputation today.
Shot in Newport, RI during the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and the America's Cup trials of the same year, initially intended as a full length motion picture, it was downsized to a concert documentary due to lack of funds. We have to thank our good luck for this, as this film broke new ground on how a live music performance should be captured. It literally wrote the book.
Shot in lush color instead of the grim black and white used until then, including scenes in broad daylight, interleaving performances with the sailing races going on simultaneously, it made people look at jazz from an entirely different perspective.
This was half a century ago and it really shows. People hit it off very differently back then, as the amazing crowd scenes attest to. With rock 'n roll just around the corner ready to take the popular music scene by storm, these were merrier, more innocent times.
Cast (in credits order)
Jimmy Giuffre ... Himself Thelonious Monk ... Himself Henry Grimes ... Himself Sonny Stitt ... Himself Sal Salvador ... Himself Anita O'Day ... Herself George Shearing ... Himself Dinah Washington ... Herself Gerry Mulligan ... Himself Big Maybelle ... Herself Chuck Berry ... Himself Chico Hamilton ... Himself
Louis Armstrong ... Himself Jack Teagarden ... Himself Mahalia Jackson ... Herself
rest of cast (listed alphabetically):
David Baily ... Himself Danny Barcelona ... Himself Bob Brookmeyer ... Himself Buck Clayton ... Himself Willis Conover ... Interviewer Gergory Corso ... Himself Bill Crow ... Himself Eric Dolphy ... Himself Eli's Chosen Six ... Themselves Art Farmer ... Himself Harold Gaylon ... Himself Nathan Gershman ... Himself Terry Gibbs ... Himself Urbie Green ... Himself Jim Hall ... Himself Peanuts Hucko ... Himself Jo Jones ... Himself Ray Mosca ... Himself Armando Peraza ... Himself Max Roach ... Himself Rudy Rutherford ... Himself Martin Williams ... Jazz Critic in Audience Patricia Bosworth... Disgruntled redhead in audience (uncredited)
The attitude of the gallant Six Hundred which so aroused Lord Tennyson's admiration arose from the fact that the least disposition to ask the reason why was discouraged by tricing the would-be inquirer to the triangle and flogging him into insensibility.
Advance to Barbarism
(Mitre Press, 1968).
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