In honor of turning the big 3-0 this week. I’m so sorry for all those times I didn’t want to nap. Can someone bring back recess? #itakeitback#hellonewweek ...
Evenin Spins: What It Do.
#MalWaldron // What It Is // #EnjaRecords , 1982 // with #CliffordJordan , #CecilMcBee and #DannieRichmond .
This is basically a dream quartet and I only wish there were more of these sessions...are there more of these sessions?
This is the kinda band you would put together in your head for fun. I won’t drone on about how each of these cats is one of the greatest at their respective instruments. But I could.
So, the music. Three tracks. Two by Waldron, one by Jordan. You could do a blind test and figure out which is which.
The opener, Jordan’s tune, “Charlie Parker’s Last Supper,” is one of the greatest named tunes I’ve ever seen - it could have been a Mingus title - so only right that Richmond is here to play.
It fits perfectly with Jordan’s late 70s-80s sound and could have been on any of his LPs from the period. A hummable but sophisticated melody with bounce and a solo from Waldron that shows he could do anything anywhere. So good.
The A-Side is eaten up with “Hymn From The Inferno” by Waldron. A fractured, drunken build of atmosphere and idea like Mal can do - and Jordan is such a perfect counterpoint here. They both carry their history and age and grace in their playing at this point in their careers/lives. Living Legends- all of them. McBee fits in naturally with Mal and has a killer solo to carry the tune on.
The B-side is a 17-minute epic; the title track, written by Waldron.
Ok I’ll stop here but this record is awesome and I never saw it til about a year ago and it’s so definitively #dontbeafraidofeightiesjazz (shouts to @newmalcolmc ). Rainy mid-week heady headspace jams. ...