Artist: Sonny Clark
Cat No: NOT2CD451
This album deservedly acquired ‘cult status’ thanks perhaps to the blend of material and happy assurance of all the soloists. Art Farmer for example is melodic and tuneful on Cool Struttin’, helped by Sonny’s sympathetic yet urgent chordal backing. The same applies to Jackie McLean, a loyal devotee of Charlie Parker but blessed with his own style. The pianist’s solos have finger bustin’ moments when the keys seem melded into one homogenous mass. But Sonny also displayed his expertise as a tasteful stylist with a unique approach much admired by Bill Evans. The musicians assembled for this session were produced by Blue Note Records supremo Alfred Lion, and would have been familiar to Clark, on this occasion cast in the role of Leader. Sonny was one of the Jazz label’s house pianists called on to back the likes of John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell and Hank Mobley.