Duke Jordan

Kiss of Spain

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Bop pianist Duke Jordan taped this trio session in Japan with bassist Ino Nobuyoshi and drummer Togashi Masahiko, though this isn't a typical outing for him at all, as it leans more toward ballads. The understated opener is his "Kiss of Spain," which features rather prominent percussion and a repetitious theme. The waltzing "When You Wish Upon a Star" sounds more like Erroll Garner than Duke Jordan. Finally, "All the Things You Are" seems to get Jordan loosened up. This is a good but not essential CD by Duke Jordan.

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