Quite possibly the greatest album ever cut by pianist Duke Jordan
– a seminal force in bop, both for his writing and playing – but an artist who rarely ever got the chance to work as a leader! This session's a prime bit of lost Blue Note – with an unusual and edgey lineup that includes Dizzy Reece on trumpet, Stanley
Turrentine on tenor, Reggie Workman on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – all coming together under Jordan
's direction. The set's got a wonderfully classic feel – a mix of hardbop with slightly more lyrical leanings, and a few darker undercurrents – heard to best effect in Jordan
's writing, which reminds us of some of his work on French soundtracks from the same time. Titles include "Deacon Joe", "Si-Joya", "Flight To Jordan
", and "Squawkin". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "Diamond Stud" and "I Should Care".
(BMG Music Club pressing.)