GORDON Honi 1962

Honi Gordon was among the one-album wonders of jazz. The obscure, bop-oriented singer recorded only one LP as a solo artist. But her lack of exposure was not due to a lack of talent. Gordon, the daughter of vocalist/composer George Gordon, first sang professionally in the early '50s, when she became a member of a jazz vocal group called the Gordons. That outfit was a family affair, consisting of Honi Gordon as well as her father and two brothers. Though the group didn't sell a lot of records, it attracted the attention of Charles Mingus and did some recording with him. Pianist Mary Lou Williams was also an admirer of the group, as was Lionel Hampton. Nonetheless, the Gordons were unable to sustain a long career, and they broke up. By the early '60s, Honi Gordon was pursuing a solo career. She recorded her first solo album "Honi Gordon Sings" for Prestige in 1962, employing such noteworthy jazzmen as acoustic bassist George Duvivier, drummer Ed Shaughnessy, and the eclectic pianist Jaki Byard.

HONI GORDON SINGS 1962 LP (9 tracks)

The album was quite promising. Gordon showed herself to be a strong interpreter of lyrics on material that ranged from Mingus' "Strollin'" and the standard "Ill Wind" to her father's "My Kokomo." But, unfortunately, Gordon's first solo album was also her last she never recorded again as a solo artist.


2 comments:

afroquarius said...

Honi Gordon shouldn't have been a one LP artist! It's a shame that I only have the EP length to cherish. Sarah Vaughan, Ella, and even Anita O'day influences can be clearly heard in her voice....but with a girlish charm to it that makes her sound original.
Thanks for sharing!

Jazz Miscellanous said...

NOW YOU HAVE THE LP. YOU'LL HAVE SOME MORE WITH CHARLES MINGUS. DANIEL