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Jordan, Kidd : On Fire (Engine)

Kidd Jordan keeps going strong as he nears 80, as evidenced by this free trio release with drummer Warren Smith and bassist Harrison Bankhead, which Engine refers to as "acoustic punk music" with a bit of blues and New Orleans voodoo.

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Label: Engine
Catalog ID: e042
Squidco Product Code: 15309

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock foldover
Recorded on June 11th, 2011 at Three Egg Studios, Brooklyn, NY.


Kidd Jordan-saxophone

Harrison Bankhead-bass

Warren Smith-drums

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track listing:

1. Officer, That Big Knife Cuts My Sax Reeds 13:56

2. The Evil Eye 17:03

3. We Are All Indebted To Each Other 13:53

4. Harrison Carries Out The Coffin 5:19
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"Kidd Jordan talked about overcoming health problems as well as coming out of a gig and encountering a Ku Klux Klan rally; Warren Smith talked about going to a sandwich shop in Illinois with some college friends and being told he couldn't eat inside with the white folks. This is not political music, but there is a defiance to the playing that comes out of those experiences and playing against the musical mainstream. Kidd told me someone once yelled at him at a show 'take that man's horn away and give him a piece of chicken.'

For me, this is acoustic punk music by a trio with two almost 80-year olds. In addition to waving the freak flag, there is the blues and New Orleans voodoo, and there is a lot of intelligence, humor, and awareness between the players.

We live in super conservative (political and cultural) time and raising a virtuosic middle finger salute to all the squares is a reasonable, time honored response. Recorded on a vintage Neve console in one of Brooklyn's best sounding rooms, kick back and feel the energy of this music.

Kidd Jordan is an uncompromising player with a wild streak and great openness. The record is called 'On Fire' for a reason."-Engine

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"Warren Smith (born May 14, 1934) is an American jazz drummer and percussionist, known as a contributor to Max Roach's M'boom ensemble and leader of the Composer's Workshop Ensemble (Strata-East).

Smith was born May 14, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois to a musical family. His father played saxophone and clarinet with Noble Sissle and Jimmie Noone, and his mother was a harpist and pianist. At the age of four he studied studied clarinet with his father. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1957, then received a master's degree in percussion from the Manhattan School of Music in 1958.

One of his earliest major recording dates was with Miles Davis as a vibraphonist in 1957. He found work in Broadway pit bands in 1958, and also played with Gil Evans that year. In 1961 he co-founded the Composers Workshop Ensemble. In the 1960s Smith accompanied Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Lloyd Price, and Nat King Cole; he worked with Sam Rivers from 196476 and with Gil Evans again from 1968 to 1976. In 1969 he played with Janis Joplin and in 1971 with King Curtis and Tony Williams. He was also a founding member of Max Roach's percussion ensemble, M'Boom, in 1970.

In the 1970s and 1980s Smith had a loft called Studio Wis which acted as a performing and recording space for many young New York jazz musicians, such as Wadada Leo Smith and Oliver Lake. Through the 1970s Smith played with Andrew White, Julius Hemphill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones, Count Basie, and Carmen McRae. Other credits include extensive work with rock and pop musicians and time spent with Anthony Braxton, Charles Mingus, Henry Threadgill, Van Morrison, and Joe Zawinul. He continued to work on Broadway into the 1990s, and has performed with a number of classical ensembles.

Smith taught in the New York City public school system from 1958 to 1968, at Third Street Settlement from 1960 to 1967, at Adelphi University in 19701, and at SUNY-Old Westbury from 1971."

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