Clifford Jordan – Spellbound


Tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan was sponsored by Cannonball Adderley on this set for Riverside. 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.


01. Toy
02. Lush Life
03. Moon-A-Tic
04. Spellbound
05. Hot Water
06. Last Night When We Were Young
07. Au Privave

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