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Cool Struttin' Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Digitally remastered edition of this 1958 album from the Jazz pianist. Includes two bonus tracks not available on the album's original release.

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1957 was a busy year for the pianist Sonny Clark. Aside from Cool Struttin', he also released six other LPs on Blue Note. His astounding output, however, was cut short due to his premature death in 1963. The highlight of Clark's prolific period must be Cool Struttin', a session featuring a virtual who's who of Blue Note's then-rising young crop of hard-bop stars. The recording opens with the aptly named title cut, as Clark's jaunty, forward-leaning piano drives the tune with crisp precision. The rest of the disc (this edition contains the Rodgers and Hart tune "Lover," which did not appear on the original release) is a sterling example of late-50s, finger-poppin' bop with the likes of trumpeter Art Farmer, saxophonist Jackie McClean, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones stretching out and digging in. --S. Duda

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Song Title Time Price
  1. Cool Struttin' 9:23Album Only
  2. Blue Minor10:19Album Only
  3. Sippin' At Bells 8:18Album Only
  4. Deep Night 9:33Album Only
  5. Royal Flush 9:01Album Only
  6. Lover 7:03Album Only

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1958
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000IL28
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By JoeyD on May 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
One day (about five years ago) I was cruising along in my car searching for something, ANYTHING, that was semi-pleasing to listen to on my car stereo. However, I was having one hell of a time finding anything decent - for it seems as if even the world of music nowadays is riddled with pollution. Alas, just as I was about to throw in the towel and settle for talk radio on AM (UGH!!! like that is any better!) I hear this jazz tune come on "Cool Struttin" and it was at that moment, because of that particular song, my love affair with jazz truly began. This album, along with about ten others (KIND OF BLUE - Miles Davis, MY FAVORITE THINGS - John Coltrane, SONG FOR MY FATHER - Horace Silver, SOMETHIN' ELSE - Cannonball Adderley etc...) was one of the first jazz albums I went out and purchased. Now of course "Cool Struttin" may not quite fall into the same category as the ones I listed above, but it's definitely, in my humble opinion, one notch right below them and still easily worthy of a five-star rating. It's recordings such as this that make me want to listen to jazz music twenty-four hours a day.

Most jazz fanatics out there probably already own this Blue Note classic. Therefore, this review is aimed more for the novice jazz fan or perhaps someone (such as I five years ago) just learning about jazz after perhaps hearing it on the radio or satellite television. Well, all I can say is you can't go wrong making this purchase! First off, you have an all-star quintet led by the smooth as silk Sonny Clark (piano), joined by Art Farmer (trumpet), Jackie McClean (alto sax), Paul Chambers (bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums). Despite the fact that most of these cats were blasted on drugs (particularly heroin) and booze at the time, they still turned in tremendous, top-notch performances.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By N. Dorward on October 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Sonny Clark was, like Kenny Drew, one of the favourite pianists among the hard-boppers, & he put in a lot of sideman appearances in the 1950s & 1960s (though, interestingly enough, he got his start as an accompanist to Buddy DeFranco). His playing draws on the main models of the time--Powell, Monk, Silver--along with one unexpected source, Lennie Tristano (not an obvious influence beyond Clark's fondness for extremely long & cogently argued lines in his solos). But Clark's playing is nonetheless immediately recognizable, both when he solos, & when he comps--he is an especially logical accompanist.
This album contains 6 tracks, of which two ("Lover" & "Royal Flush") were not present on the original vinyl. Though not all the tunes are blues, the blues inform the album's mostly relaxed, minor-key mood and pacing. Jackie McLean is a key voice here, delivering one of his most brilliant performances of the 1950s; his tone is here unusually limpid, without the abrasiveness & deliberately idiosyncratic pitching of other McLean recordings of this period. Art Farmer is an unusual choice for the trumpet chair--if this were recorded a few years later I'm sure Morgan, Byrd or Hubbard would have got the date, all Blue Note favourites--but proves an excellent choice because of his temperamental reserve & poise. The key performance here is the medium-up "Deep Night", a rather little-played standard (I think I've only one other performance of it in my collection, on Betty Carter's _The Audience With..._). Clark's opening statement is comparable to Horace Silver's more pensive moments (e.g.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By bruce horner on August 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you were forced to buy only one late-fifties Blue Note album, this would be an excellent choice. Few could swing as LUCIDLY as Sonny Clarke, and with Jackie McClean and Art Farmer making strong contributions throughout, this is a superior "blowing session" album. Clarke was a superb sideman but as a leader he rarely equaled this peak. An essential LP at any price.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pharoah S. Wail VINE VOICE on June 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The title track here may be the most aptly named tune in all of jazz. That tune starts and you can just see some slick dresser turning a corner, coming at you all flossin'-and-glossin' on his way to pick up his woman. Or someone elses woman! I also love the title track for Sonny's playing, his bluesiest of the album. I'm not the biggest Jackie McClean fan in the world but this track is also his finest playing of the whole album, in my opinion. Just great action from everyone on this song!
Not to slight anyone else here, as this is one great album, but Art Farmer is just The Man here. I still wonder why you don't hear more people singing his praises. I just love that Art's playing is sorta reserved or low key, and he has fantastic tone. Musically, he has plenty of things to say without having to be nearly as boisterous as, say, Freddie Hubbard.
Most of the album is strong, but every time the disc ends I always jump back to listen to track one again. Beyond the fact that there is great stuff all over this disc, the title track makes it essential. It's one of my single favorite tunes and performances in the entire Blue Note world.
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