Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe
For the session they were supported by a killer rhythm section: pianist Horace Silver, bassist Curly Russell, and drummer Art Blakey. Though both saxophonists certainly changed in subsequent decades, even here they sound fully formed. You can hear why John Coltrane was such a fan of Gilmore, who plays here with unstoppable drive and a searing left-of-center melodic flair. Jordan was more in thrall of bebop—he chews the scenery on a high velocity spin through Bird's "Billie's Bounce."
Chicago still has no shortage of brilliant tenor saxophonists, and the Jazz Institute of Chicago has enlisted two of the best for a tribute to that classic album: Edward Wilkerson Jr. and Ari Brown. The horn players will be joined by pianist Ken Chaney, bassist Harrison Bankhead, and drummer Ernie Adams as they rip through the album, which also contains Chicago gems like John Neely's "Status Quo"—which Mike Reed's People, Places & Things covered on their first album, 2008's Proliferation (482 Music)—and Jordan's "Evil Eye." The free concert is Friday night at the Hamilton Park Field House; the Jazz Links Student Ensemble kicks it off with a short set at 7, followed by the main attraction at 7:30 PM.
Red Mitchell, Red Mitchell (Bethlehem/Avenue Jazz)
Anibal Arias, Escenas de la Ciudad (Winter & Winter)
Tora Seydou Traore, Tora Seydou Traore (Yaala Yaala)
Milt Jackson, Wizard of the Vibes (Blue Note)
Ab Baars & Meinrad Kneer, Windfall (Evil Rabbit)