The Record Collection

Clifford Jordan: Mosaic [Starting Time/A Story Tale] (1961)

Milestone CD 47092 [2001]
Jazzland 52 + Jazzland 40


Track list:

01 – Sunrise In Mexico
02 – Extempore
03 – Down Through The Years
04 – Quittin’ Time
05 – One Flight Down
06 – Windmill
07 – Don’t You Know I Care?
08 – Mosaic
09 – Cumberland Court
10 – A Story Tale
11 – You’re Driving Me Crazy
12 – Defiance
13 – Prints
14 – Hip Pockets
15 – They Say It’s Wonderful
16 – If I Didn’t Care


#01-08: Starting Time:
Kenny Dorham – trumpet;
Clifford Jordan – tenor sax;
Cedar Walton – piano;
Wilbur Ware – bass;
Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath – drums;

#09-16: A Story Tale:
Sonny Red – alto sax;
Clifford Jordan – tenor sax;
Tommy Flanagan – piano (11-15);
Ronnie Matthews – piano (09,10,16);
Art Davis – bass;
Elvin Jones – drums.

Produced by Orrin Keepnews
#1-8; recorded by Ray Fowler at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City; June 14-15, 1961
#9-16; recorded by Bill Stoddard at Bell Sound Studios, New York City; February 14, 1961

#1-8 originally released as “Starting Time” [Jazzland 52]
#9-16 originally released as “A Story Tale: Clifford Jordan and Sonny Red” [Jazzland 40]

Remastering, 2001 – Kirk Felton (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley)
Art direction by Jamie Putnam
Design: Deb Sbony
Photography: Mike Cuesta

Original liner notes by: Ira Gitler (Jazzland 52); and Orrin Keepnews (Jazzland 40)

Mosaic [JLP 52 - Starting Time]

Mosaic [JLP 40 - A Story Tale]

MOSAIC contains all the tracks originally released on A STORY TALE (with Sonny Red) (1961) and STARTING TIME (1961).

Two excellent early Clifford Jordan albums, Starting Time and A Story Tale, are reissued in full on this single CD.

Jordan, whose sound was just beginning to become quite distinctive in 1961, is heard with a quintet also including trumpeter Kenny Dorham, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Wilbur Ware, and drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath, and on a set with altoist Sonny Red, Tommy Flanagan or Ronnie Mathews on piano, bassist Art Davis, and drummer Elvin Jones.

With the exception of four selections, all 16 tunes are group originals.

Best-known are Walton’s “Mosaic” and “One Flight Down,” but all of the music is high-quality hard bop.

Dorham and Red are both in excellent form, constantly challenging Jordan.

Fine if formerly obscure music.
~ Scott Yanow []