Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
(b Irving Sidney Jordan, 1 April '22, Brooklyn) Pianist, composer. Played with a sextet that won an amateur contest at NY World's Fair '39; later with Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Roy Eldridge, Oscar Pettiford, others in the bop era. He held his own as an individual stylist at a time when modern jazz piano was dominated by Bud Powell. He played in many duo gigs NYC '50s, spent much time in Europe from '59, when he wrote music for French film Les Liaisons Dangereuses under the name Jack Murray. Soundtrack incl. Thelonious Monk quartet (recorded in NYC), but Jordan wrote music played by Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with himself on piano, also appeared on screen. Compositions also incl. early modern jazz classic 'Jordu', incl. on his own early recording sessions '54--5, trio dates that appeared on Prestige and Savoy. Other LPs: quintets Flight To Jordan '60 on Blue Note, East And West Of Jazz '62 on Charlie Parker Records; Brooklyn Brothers '73 on Muse (quartet co-led by Cecil Payne, with Sam Jones), The Murray Hill Caper '73 on Spotlite also with Payne. A great many fine small-group albums on Steeplechase, several with Jones: Flight To Denmark '73; Truth, Misty Thursday, Duke's Delight and Lover Man '75; Live In Japan and Flight To Japan '76; Duke's Artistry and The Great Session '78; Thinking Of You and Change A Pace '79. Also solo set Midnight Moonlight '79 on Steeplechase, solo contributions to anthologies The Piano Players '75 on Xanadu, I Remember Bebop and They All Played Bebop on Columbia; trio set Blue Duke '83 on Japanese Baystate label.