Cliff Jordan – Cliff Craft

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Cliff Craft is an album by American jazz saxophonist Cliff Jordan featuring performances recorded in 1957 and released on the Blue Note label.

AllMusic Review by Lee Bloom:
Happily, Blue Note Records and Michael Cuscuna have reissued this wonderfully relaxed recording, which dates from a very fertile period of the renowned jazz label’s history. Tenor saxman Jordan was influenced by and shares influences with Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane and Hank Mobley; the early inspiration of Lester Young can also be heard. On this date, the selection of tunes is pleasantly balanced between three originals, two bebop standards, and Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady.” Trumpeter Art Farmer’s playing is up to his usual high standard — thoughtful, sensitive and technically brilliant. Pianist Sonny Clark is captured during the most prolific phase of his ten-year recording career; together with bassist George Tucker and drummer Louis Hayes, they create a solid, swinging and simpatico rhythm section (

Track listing:
All compositions by Cliff Jordan except as indicated
“Laconia” – 7:06
“Soul-Lo Blues” – 8:29
“Cliff Craft” – 6:30
“Confirmation” (Charlie Parker) – 7:34
Sophisticated Lady” (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish) – 6:46
“Anthropology” (Dizzy Gillespie, Parker) – 7:03
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey on November 10, 1957

Cliff Jordan – tenor saxophone
Art Farmer – trumpet (tracks 1-4 & 6)
Sonny Clark – piano
George Tucker – bass
Louis Hayes – drums

Released: 1957
Recorded: November 10, 1957
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
Length: 43:18
Label: Blue Note
BLP 1582
Producer: Alfred Lion