Bearcat (album)

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Studio album by Clifford Jordan
Released 1962
Recorded December 28, 1961, January 10, 1962
New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 37:47
Label Jazzland
JLP 69
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Clifford Jordan chronology
Starting Time
These are My Roots: Clifford Jordan Plays Leadbelly

Bearcat is an album by jazz saxophonist Clifford Jordan which was recorded in late 1961 and early 1962 and released on the Jazzland label.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Down Beat 3/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

Writing in the Chicago Tribune, Jack Fuller stated "For me hard bop is like the blues that you find at its core. I can`t always listen to it with pleasure. It is never monotonous, no matter how closely it hews to the norm. And when it is energetic and smiling, as it is on this reissue of a 1962 release by tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan backed by pianist Cedar Walton, it can almost always lift my spirits, too".[4] Scott Yanow stated in his review for Allmusic, "It would be 1973 before Jordan had another opportunity to be showcased in a quartet format, making this formerly rare set one of his best all-around recordings".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Clifford Jordan except as indicated

  1. "Bear Cat" - 4:56
  2. "Dear Old Chicago" - 5:30
  3. "How Deep Is the Ocean?" (Irving Berlin) - 4:58
  4. "The Middle of the Block" - 4:59
  5. "You Better Leave It Alone" - 5:57
  6. "Malice Towards None" (Tom McIntosh) - 5:58
  7. "Out-House" - 5:29



  1. ^ Jazzland Records discography accessed November 7, 2012
  2. ^ Down Beat:September 27, 1962 Vol. 29, No.25
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed November 7, 2012
  4. ^ Fuller, J., Chicago Tribune Review, June 23, 1991