Spellbound + Starting Time + Bearcat (3 LP on 2 CD)
  • Riverside RLP-9340
    Riverside RLP-9340
  • Jazzland JLP 9525
    Jazzland JLP 9525
  • Jazzland JLP 9695
    Jazzland JLP 9695
  • Clifford Jordan
    Clifford Jordan

Clifford Jordan

Spellbound + Starting Time + Bearcat (3 LP on 2 CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Kenny Dorham (tp), Clifford Jordan (ts), Cedar Walton (p), Spansky DeBrest, Wilbur Ware, Teddy Smith (b), Albert 'Tootie' Heath, J.C. Moses (d)

Reference: FSRCD 769

Bar code: 8427328607698


Tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordans first recorded appearance in 1957, showed his heavy indebtedness to Sonny Rollins. After that, though his style integrated elements of Coltranes approach, in these early 60s recordings, Rollins continued to be his dominant influence, except when its everpresent shadow shifts into the background and Jordan goes for himself.

These quartet and quintet sessions revealed him as a passionate player with a hardedged tone and a no-nonsense approach, and as an able writer. On Spellbound, the rhythm section, spurred by Albert Heaths crisp drumming, fuses into a tight Miles Davis type of unit, providing Jordan with just the driving support that his style demands. Starting Time is another stirring set, a quintet with Kenny Dorham and Cedar Walton, both equally fluent and expressive, and with Heath adding to it his implacable timekeeping, control and intelligence.

Similarly, on Bearcat, Jordan plays with authority and conviction, while Walton, Smith and Moses perform flawlessly in a swinging session, pulsating with the urgency of upbeat and exciting exchanges.

CD 1
01. Toy (Clifford Jordan) 4:23
02. Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn) 5:11
03. Moon-a-Tic (Clifford Jordan) 4:38
04. Spellbound (Clifford Jordan) 5:50
05. Hot Water (Clifford Jordan) 5:03
06. Last Night When We Were Young (Arlen-Harburg) 6:27
07. Au Privave (Charlie Parker) 8:31
08. Sunrise in Mexico (Kenny Dorham) 6:05
09. Extempore (Clifford Jordan) 5:17
10. Quittin' Time (Clifford Jordan) 4:03

CD 2
01. Down Through the Years (Clifford Jordan) 4:46
02. One Flight Down (Cedar Walton) 4:43
03. Windmill (Kenny Dorham) 3:53
04. Don't You Know I Care? (Mack-Ellington) 4:56
05. Mosaic (Cedar Walton) 4:58
06. Bearcat (Clifford Jordan) 4:58
07. Dear Old Chicago (Clifford Jordan) 5:30
08. How Deep Is the Ocean (Irving Berlin) 5:00
09. The Middle of the Block (Clifford Jordan) 5:05
10. You Better Leave It Alone (Clifford Jordan) 6:01
11. Malice Towards None (Tom McIntosh) 6:00
12. Out-House (Clifford Jordan) 5:32

Album details

CD 1 - Tracks #1-7, from the album "Spellbound" (Riverside RLP 9340)
CD 1 - Tracks #8-10 & CD 2 tracks #1-5, from the album "Starting Time"
(Jazzland JLP 952S)
CD 2 - Tracks #6-12, from the album "Bearcat" (Jazzland JLP 969S)

Personnel on "Spellbound":
Clifford Jordan, tenor sax; Cedar Walton, piano; Spansky DeBrest, bass;
Albert 'Tootie' Heath, drums.
Recorded at Bell Sound Studios, New York City, on August 10, 1960

Personnel on "Starting Time":
Kenny Dorham, trumpet; Clifford Jordan, tenor sax; Cedar Walton, piano;
Wilbur Ware, bass; Albert 'Tootie' Heath, drums.
Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City, June 14 & 15, 1961

Personnel on "Bearcat":
Clifford Jordan, tenor sax; Cedar Walton, piano; Teddy Smith, bass; J.C. Moses, drums.
Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City, December 28 & January 10, 1962

Recording Engineers: Bill Stoddard (Riverside) and Ray Fowler (Jazzland)
Cover photos by Lawrence N. Shustak & Mike Cuesta
Art design: Kean Deardoff

Original recordings produced by Cannonball Adderley (Riverside),
and Orrin Keepnews (Jazzland)
This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
© 2013 by Fresh Sound Records

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas, S.L.

Press reviews


"Tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan was sponsored by Cannonball Adderley on this set for Riverside, reissued on CD under the OJC imprint. At this point, Jordan did not quite have the distinctive sound that he would develop in his period with Charles Mingus, but he was already a strong hard bop stylist. Assisted by pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Spanky DeBrest, and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath, Jordan performs four originals ("Toy" is best known), an unusual waltz version of "Lush Life," the ballad "Last Night When We Were Young," and the romping Charlie Parker blues "Au Privave." It's an excellent straight-ahead outing."

-Starting Time

"Reissued in the Original Jazz Classics but thus far just as an LP, this fine set matches together the already distinctive tenor of Clifford Jordan with veteran trumpeter Kenny Dorham, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Wilbur Ware and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath. Other than Duke Ellington's "Don't You Know I Care," the group sticks to originals by Jordan, Dorham and Walton. The music is straight-ahead, and although the tunes are pretty obscure, the solos and high musicianship uplift the music. Recommended to straight-ahead jazz collectors."

Both by Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)


14,95 €  (tax incl.)

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