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Sonny Clark

Like Fats Navarro and Charlie Parker before him, Sonny Clark's life was short but it burned with musical intensity. Influenced deeply by Bud Powell, Clark nonetheless developed an intricate and hard-swinging harmonic sensibility that was full of nuance and detail. Regarded as the quintessential hard bop pianist, Clark never got his due before he passed away in 1963 at the age of 31, despite the fact that it can be argued that he never played a bad recording date either as a sideman or as a leader. Known mainly for seven records on the Blue Note label with a host of players including such luminaries as John Coltrane, Art Farmer, Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley, Art Taylor, Paul Chambers, Wilbur Ware, Philly Joe Jones, and others, Clark actually made his recording debut with Teddy Charles and Wardell Gray, but left soon after to join Buddy DeFranco. His work with the great clarinetist has been documented in full in a Mosaic set that is now sadly out of print. Clark also backed Dinah Washington, Serge Chaloff, and Sonny Criss before assuming his role as a leader in 1957. Clark's classic is regarded as Cool Struttin' but each date he led on Blue Note qualifies as a classic, including his final date, Sonny's Crib with John Coltrane. And though commercial success always eluded him, he was in demand as a sideman and played dozens of Alfred Lion-produced dates, including Tina Brooks' Minor Move. Luckily, Clark's contribution is well documented by Alfred Lion; he has achieved far more critical, musical, and popular acclaim than he ever did in life. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi
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garammasala1 9 6 8
A beautiful song
cook'in as always everyone on this track-co ok!!!!
ocalacoach
Burn brightest, burns fastest. Beautiful and timeless.
Brilliant
Lov it
Very Lounge
"Cool Struttin'" Jazz essential, great line up on this set. Sonny could really swing!!!!!
bhy5678
Jazz baby!!
I agree...noth i n g like real jazz and real jazz this is!!!!
Love it to death! And, by the way Robin, that's what I call commentary. Thanks.
This is it right here! Play y'all!!!!!!
Nothing like real jazz.
This is another beautiful swinging jazz tune. So many great Jazz artist that will never be forgotten!
Lover: FYI, personnel on Cool Stuttin' (seems to be one of the weak points of Pandora - who's playing on cuts): Philly Joe Jones - drums; Jackie McLean – alto saxophone; Art Farmer – trumpet; Paul Chambers – bass; and, of course, Sonny Clark on piano.
He only needed that short life to make his point.
SONNY BIG DAWG CLARK!!!!!
glorenzen1
Earl... he was cool..but the sound was HOT...like going 4 steps down and discovering a hot basement club off the beaten path...gone but not forgotten..
very KOOOOL
donjdavis
Great
Its to badall the good die young.
johnh864
Was not aware of Sonny Clark before now. Beautiful! Pandora rocks! for opening new music to my happy ears.
Sonny Clark w/Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones - my favorite jazz album to date. Solid from the first note to the last. An 11 out of 10.
A smokin' hot sound!

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