Monday, August 14, 2006

Duke Jordan passes away at 84

I read in the paper today that Duke Jordan passed away on Tuesday at the age of 84. Jordan was most well known for his work with Charlie Parker's quintet, but played with a number of other musicians, including Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt, and Gene Ammons, and acted as the leader of his own band. Jordan helped pioneer the bebop sound and is still regarded as one of the subgenres great pianists. Jordan passed on in Valby, Denmark, a suburb of Copenhagen. He'd been living and recording music in Denmark since 1978. It's really depressing to think that as time goes on we're only going to lose more and more of the people who were there when Jazz was new and exciting. Inevitable, but depressing.

Duke Jordan
1922 - 2006

"Sweet Embraceable You" by the Charlie Parker Quintet

Jordan's keys act like the red carpet here for the Bird to come strolling in on, then provide a soft backdrop for him to buzz all over. This is a great addition to anyone's music collection.

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