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Kidd Jordan Special Ensemble (1 of 2) | Vision Festival 21

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Kidd Jordan - tenor sax / Joel Futterman - piano / Alvin Fielder - drums / Marlon Jordan - trumpet / Harrison Bankhead - bass

Here is music steeped in the history of American Jazz and fully Free, building a road to the future. In Kidd’s words, it has the “hallelujah and the Freedom. You get the looseness and a sense of freedom. It doesn’t have anything to do with academics. It has to do with freedom and spirit. But there is a lot of discipline inside the hallelujah!”

Performed and recorded June 12, 2016 at Judson Memorial Church, NYC for AFA Vision Festival 21.

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Internationally acclaimed, saxophonist, legend, Sir Edward “Kidd” Jordan is one of the true master improvisers who still performs at age 85. Born May 5, 1935 in Crowley, Louisiana, according to Indie Jazz, Jordan is, “probably, the single most under documented jazz musician of his generation, though…one of the busiest in the world.” In 2013 he was awarded the lifetime achievement award at the Vision Festival.

Alvin Fielder is a drummer because at age 12 he heard a Max Roach recording and liked it. His family wanted him to study Pharmacy, his father's profession, and although he became a Pharmacist, music helped shift his destiny. In 1963 he was one of the founders of the now legendary Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and there, he was in good company: "Sound", Roscoe Mitchell's masterwork, was the first recording with his name on it. The records that followed - many of them as a member of the Sun Ra Arkestra - contributed to the development of the myth surrounding this pioneer of free jazz who thinks that music is like painting a portrait or writing creatively.

Known for his spirited, highly imaginative, and innovative piano technique, Joel Futterman is an internationally recognized veteran pioneer into the frontiers of spontaneous, improvised music. He is considered one of the foremost inventive and adventurous artists shaping the creative, progressive music scene today. Futterman continuously pushes the limits of the piano as he explores new musical horizons.

Trumpeter Marlon Jordan was one of the "Young Jazz Lions" who were signed, recorded and promoted on major record labels. He recorded three impressive LPs for Columbia from 1998 to 1992, For You Only; named "one of the best debut albums of the year" by the Washington Post, Learson's Return, and The Undaunted, and one for the Arabesque label entitled Marlon's Mode in 1997.

Harrison Bankhead became associated with the Chicago jazz scene in the early 1980s. He became associated early in his career with Fred Anderson, playing frequently with Anderson on tour as well as at Anderson's Chicago club, the Velvet Lounge. In addition to Anderson, Bankhead has worked with Oliver Lake, Roscoe Mitchell, Von Freeman, Malachi Thompson, 8 Bold Souls, and Hamid Drake, and is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

Live painting by William Mazza.

Film production by Moon Lasso:

Audio by Stephen Schmidt.

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