Bob Jordan

Four Corners

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In the late '90s the home CD burner came along, and then, and only then, did it become possible for recordings like this to be created and distributed. It isn't that this Jordan character would never have been allowed to make a CD for a legitimate record company. After all, when this CD was released in 1998, he had already been around music and recordings as a player, disc jockey, promoter, and agent for nearly four decades. He knew lots of people in the music business, some of them at record companies. Thankfully nobody had expressed interest in a Bob Jordan album so that by the time he got hooked up with a CD burner he was really raring to go. Magnificent might not seem like the right word for a CD that comes in a handmade cover, looking a bit like an elaborate Bar Mitzvah card for cousin Louie. The good natured humor, relaxed atmosphere, and superior musicianship really wins one over, and one feels like calling Jordan on the phone to say, "Hey, your CD is magnificent," except that he would probably tape the conversation and put it on his next CD. Things begin with "Equipment," a song that all musicians must hear, whether their gear is expensive or cheap. It seems like Jordan is a nut in the Weird Al Yankovic mode, but then along come the cover versions of Charles Mingus and Louis "Moondog" Hardin. Never mind whether the chords are right on the Mingus tune, if John McLaughlin can't play "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" correctly we can hardly expect Jordanto. Anyway, by the time the CD is over it may almost be possible to summon the patience to listen to track 19, where Jordan recites the CD's credits while a couple of the players noodle in the background.

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