Honi Gordon – Honi Gordon Sings (1962/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/48kHz | Time – 33:49 minutes | 328 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Honi Gordon sang as a member of the Gordons (with her father and two brothers) in the early 1950s. Her first recordings, in 1953, were with them and Hank Jones (piano), Charles Mingus (bass), and Max Roach (drums). They were released on Debut Records’ Autobiography in Jazz. The Gordons also appeared on recordings led by Lionel Hampton in 1956, and on the album Dizzy Gillespie and Stuff Smith in 1957.
Gordon herself sang on a few tracks led by Eddie Jefferson in 1959. In 1962 she recorded, as a leader, the album Honi Gordon Sings, for Prestige Records. This included well-known jazz musicians – Makanda Ken McIntyre (alto sax, flute), Wally Richardson (guitar), Jaki Byard (piano), George Duvivier (bass), and Ed Shaughnessy (drums). This was her only album as leader. The Gordons recorded together again the following year, this time on Mary Lou Williams’ Black Christ of the Andes, but the group was not commercially successful and broke up, with Honi Gordon pursuing a solo career.
Gordon again recorded with Williams in 1967. In 1972 and 1973 she appeared on recordings led by Mingus. These were released principally as the albums Charles Mingus and Friends in Concert and Mingus Moves. Early in 1972 she also sang on Mary Lou’s Mass, which was led by Williams. Gordon reprised some of the material from this session in a 2007 memorial Mass for Williams.
1. Honi Gordon – Strollin’
2. Honi Gordon – Ill Wind
3. Honi Gordon – My Kokomo
4. Honi Gordon – Why Try to Change Me Now
5. Honi Gordon – Cupid
6. Honi Gordon – Walkin’ (Out the Door)
7. Honi Gordon – Why
8. Honi Gordon – Love Affair
9. Honi Gordon – Lament of the Lonely