Here's To Life
The Jordan Family

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Jazz At The Lincoln



Blue Note Records is honored to be able to be able to distribute HIGHER GROUND, a CD that documents the Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Concert that took place in the Rose Hall Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center on September 17th. Less than 3 weeks after the devastating hurricane Wynton Marsalis mounted this historic evening has assembled an amazing array of talent from the world of jazz, blues, classical, gospel, rock and pop. The concert aired that night on PBS and NPR stations as well as XM Satellite Radio.

During the Jazz at Lincoln Center Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit concert, The Jordan Family of Jazz "delighted the Rose Theater crowd with an affecting rendition of "Here's to Life." Singer Stephanie Jordan, a standout here, was the real discovery of the evening. Her haunting rendition of this bittersweet ode associated with Shirley Horn was delivered with uncanny poise and a depth of understated soul that mesmerized the crowd and registered to the back rows. Singing with a clarity of diction that recalled Nat “King” Cole, she offered an uplifting message of hope in her heartfelt reading."
-- Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes Magazine

Hosted by Laurence Fishburne, performers included Norah Jones, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Joe Lovano and Marcus Roberts as well as a number of New Orleans favorite sons who felt the pain even deeper including Wynton himself, Art and Aaron Neville, Allen Toussaint, Terence Blanchard, Marlon and Kent Jordan, Irvin Mayfield, Jr. and Buckwheat Zydeco... more

By: Jason Berry - Gambit Weekly MUSIC
This lush recording would be better titled, 'We Know What Love Is' by the Fabulous Jordan family. That is to take nothing away from the roaming trumpet lines of the CD's standard-bearer, the stellar Marlon Jordan. He reassembles John Coltrane's version of 'My Favorite Things' in the first cut, injecting a long, wailing space-trip in the upper register, echoing sound sheets of the old man, composer and SUNO jazz educator Edward 'Kidd' Jordan. . . the patriarch's spirit hovers over it like a smiling cloud.

Nor would a title change imply any disrespect to the real star of these grooves. Marlon's sister, Stephanie Jordan, is a lady with a great set of pipes. Anyone who has ever romanced their honey to Johnny Adams's moody, lounge-lizard smoky vocals on 'You Don't Know What Love Is' will thrill to Stephanie's silk- between-the-fingers treatment of that song, the title cut.

There's not enough love in the world, which is why we need Marlon, Stephanie and the sibling whose fingerprints are all over this recording,
Rachel Jordan - - Rachel the violinist, Rachel the executive producer, Rachel in charge of management -- and also that irrepressible reed man, Kent Jordan. Kent's sweet journey on the piccolo with stand-in trumpeter Mark Chatters on the final cut, 'Now Baby, or Never,' caps a grand march of the siblings. You Don't Know What Love Is is a keeper.
-- Jason Berry


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