THE COMPLETE QUARTETS WITH SONNY CLARK includes the albums NIGERIA, GOODEN'S CORNER and OLEO as well as 3 additional tracks. This two-disc set gathers together the cuts for three Blue Note sessions teaming Grant Green with Sonny Clark. The first, NIGERIA, was originally release posthumously in 1980 and features Green's only collaboration with drummer Art Blakey. GOODEN'S CORNER and OLEO were both only released in Japan in 1979 and 1980, respectively. The latter two sessions featured Louis Hayes on drums along with Sam Jones, the bassist for all three albums. Luckily these sessions have been carefully restored and release for all to hear.
This lesser-known Sonny Clark session (his only studio album not made for Blue Note) is sometimes issued under drummer Max Roach's name, too. They are joined by bassist George Duvivier for a set of generally obscure Clark originals including "Minor Meeting," "Blues Mambo," and "My Conception" (which is taken as an unaccompanied piano solo). Although not obvious while listening to his recording, Clark's life was in decline and this would be his penultimate date as a leader.
Sonny Clark Trio is an album by jazz pianist Sonny Clark recorded for the Blue Note label and performed by Clark with Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. The album comprises six jazz standards, and three alternate takes have been added in subsequent CD reissues. The album was awarded 4 stars by Michael G. Nastos in an Allmusic review which stated "Mainstream jazz lovers will find much to enjoy about this edition of Clark discography, and a very good primer for recordings of his original music to come later in his career".
Leapin' and Lopin is an album by jazz pianist Sonny Clark, released on Blue Note Records. It was recorded in 1961 and issued in 1962 as BST 84091. It would be Clark's last album as a leader. Michael Nastos of Allmusic writes that "Top to bottom Leapin' and Lopin' is a definitive recording for Clark, and really for all time in the mainstream jazz idiom."
Cool Struttin' is a 1958 album by jazz pianist Sonny Clark. Described as an "enduring hard-bop classic" by The New York Times, the album features alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, trumpeter Art Farmer and two members of the Miles Davis Quintet, drummer Philly Joe Jones and bassist Paul Chambers. According to The Stereo Times, the album enjoys "a nearly cult status among hardcore jazz followers", a reputation AllMusic asserts it deserves "for its soul appeal alone".
Dial "S" For Sonny is the debut album by jazz pianist Sonny Clark recorded for the Blue Note label and performed by Clark with Art Farmer, Curtis Fuller, Hank Mobley, Wilbur Ware, and Louis Hayes. Dial "S" For Sonny is one of those great old recordings that's worth seeking out to hear some young hard boppers playing their best. The musicians are brilliant, the music is solid, and - in the case of this Music Maters pressing - the reissue is first class all the way.
The music on this Xanadu LP includes seven selections from a quartet date featuring guitarist Jimmy Raney, pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Bobby White. That particular session has been reissued on CD by Vogue along with five "new" alternate takes, so this album has dropped in value. However, completists will be interested to know that, in addition to that excellent session, Raney and Clark are teamed together with tenorman Gosta Theselius on two other numbers ("Jumping for Jane" and "Invention") that have not yet reappeared. The Raney-Clark partnership did not survive this European tour, which found them mostly backing Billie Holiday; a pity it did not, because the communication between the two masterful players was quite impressive.