Kidd Jordan channels volcanic, spiritual side of jazz in New Orleans concert

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It began and ended with singing — not typical behavior during the second set of a heady concert of free jazz. But nothing was typical at Sunday night’s incantatory duo performance by Chicago drummer Hamid Drake and New Orleans saxophone patriarch Edward “Kidd” Jordan. Drake set the tone with a priestly, world-music invocation, sustained by his own thrumming work on the frame drum. Jordan closed by leading a joyfully stunned audience in a call-and-response sing-along. What came between made it clear why both men are revered internationally: Each has found a distinctive, personal way to channel the volcanic, spiritual energy unleashed by John Coltrane, Albert Ayler and other icons of the 1960s vanguard.

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