New Orleans

New Music Jazz

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Some adventurous, lesser-known New Orleans jazz types were spotlighted on this set presenting eight songs by two bands. The New Orleans Saxophone Ensemble was reminiscent of such bands as the World Saxophone Quartet and Rova on their five tunes, with "Radiation" and a cover of "Amazing Grace" topping the list. The Improvisational Arts Quintet took things even further out on the 11-minute "River Niger." Their roster included Kent Jordan on flute and piccolo, who later went on to sign a deal with Columbia. The band was led by Edward Kidd Jordan, a fine soprano and tenor saxophonist who was well-known inside New Orleans. This is a good portrait of a Crescent City scene that had been greatly overlooked since the early days of jazz.