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2. FOREVER 8.24

4. UNITY CALL 10.20
5. SO OFTEN 2.17


all compositions by Edward 'Kidd' Jordan, William Parker, Hamid Drake
P+C 2006 AUM Fidelity


Kidd Jordan tenor sax
Hamid Drake
drums, tablas, frame drum, voice
William Parker
bass, guimbre, gongs, bowls, talking drum

Produced by Steven Joerg with William Parker & Hamid Drake.
Recorded by Michael Marciano at Systems Two Studio, Brooklyn on September 23, 2005 >>> Mixed and Mastered by M. Marciano and S. Joerg December 2005.

[ FILE UNDER: Universe Music ]

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. -SD

LISTEN to this wonderful All Things Considered/NPR feature
on Kidd Jordan - master saxophonist/teacher/very special Human Being.

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AUM Fidelity has 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 by phone after the storm and ask how he was doing, he said "OK now," as he had just found out that his son Marlon was safe after 5 days of having been one of the many hundreds (thousands?) that had been stranded rooftop while helicopters passed by overhead. When I asked if he would still be able to make the session, fully understood if not & do you need anything right now? he said simply,“Yeah man, let’s do it”

From the gently yearning space search "Forever" to the epic saga "Living Peace" (which to my ears sounds like the shifting energy of New Orleans as Katrina approached, and then, finally broke the levees) to the deep North African grooves created on "Unity Call" and "So Often" to the majestic Far East parade of the closing track – Palm of Soul presents three master musicians in intimate musical conversation at the highest levels – rendering songs and mesmeric pieces which elicit the full gamut of emotion. A major, utterly distinct and of-the-eternal album work. -SJ

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