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Jordan, Kidd / Drake, Hamid / Parker, William
Palm of Soul

Jordan, Kidd / Drake, Hamid / Parker, William: Palm of Soul (Aum Fidelity)
Label: Aum Fidelity    
Released in: USA    

AUM Fidelity had wanted to produce an album with New Orleans' saxophonist/teacher/role model Kidd Jordan in trio with fellow master musicians William Parker and Hamid Drake for some time. Everything came together in Summer 2005. The recording session was set for the 3rd week of September and flights to NYC from New Orleans and Chicago were booked. Then Katrina hit. Kidd's home was of the more than 100,000 wiped from the map of Louisiana. When we were finally able to reach Kidd after the storm and ask if he would still be able to make the session, he said simply,"Yeah man, let's do it!"/

"Though he's been recording since the 1950s, Kidd Jordan has never made anything like Palm of Soul. This trio session, recorded less than a month after Hurricane Katrina chased the 70-year-old saxophone master from his native New Orleans, is a testament to a life steeped in the deepest reservoirs of American music and fully committed to the moment. Completely improvised, the date brings Jordan back together with a pair of treasured colleagues, consummate players with whom he enjoys a rare connection: drummer Hamid Drake and bassist William Parker.

The delicately shifting sonic space of these pieces, awash in the sensory cues of Asian, African and Indian folk forms, evokes the exploratory tradition of 1960s innovators such as trumpeter Don Cherry - with whom both Drake and Parker were affiliated early in their careers - while the mercurial glimmer of Jordan's soulfully considered lines reflect the essential fact of jazz: At its truest, it is the sound of someone thinking on their feet, an evanescent confluence of breath, heart, intellect and nerve. Jordan navigates the rhythmic shimmers and hovering tone-clouds created by Parker and Drake with a tenor that can sear like an erupting sunspot or cascade as softly and unpredictably as a leaf slipping down an autumn breeze."-Aum Fidelity

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Product Information:

Label: Aum Fidelity
Catalog ID: AUM 038CD
Squidco Product Code: 6356

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded September 23, 2005 at Systems Two Studio, Brooklyn, NY


Kidd Jordan-Tenor Saxophone

Hamid Drake-drums, tablas, frame drum, voice

William Parker-bass, guimbri, gongs, bowls, talking drums

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