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Dial S for Sonny Import, Original recording remastered

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Japanese limited edition 24-bit remastered reissue of 1959 album. Blue Note. 2005.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Toshiba EMI Japan
  • ASIN: B0006M18YO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,073 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Pianist Sonny Clark's "Dial 'S' For Sonny" was first issued on CD in 1997 as part of Blue Note's limited edition Connoisseur Series, but went out-of-print shortly after its initial release. Now with this reissue in the RVG Edition, it makes a permanent return to the catalog. This 1957 session features a sextet lineup of Art Farmer on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Hank Mobley on tenor sax, Wilbur Ware on bass and Louis Hayes on drums tackling four Clark originals (with one alternate take) and two standards. This is very solid hard bop session that falls just short of Sonny's best Blue Notes, "Leapin' and Lopin'" and "Sonny's Crib," in my opinion. In any event, fans of the pianist who missed this title the first time around, will be delighted that "Dial 'S' For Sonny" has been re-dialed.
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The great thing about this record is its solo performances and its laidback swing, and swing it certainly does. Most of the tracks on this record is written by Sonny himself, and played in company with the likes of Art Farmer, Hank Mobley and Curtis Fuller, you just don't get much better hard bop. The feeling this record leaves you with, is just so pleasant, and addictive it is too. Looking in retrospective it is strange that Sonny Clark didn't earn more recognition, considering that many of these songs are standard stuff. A gem of a record that operates on many levels, and therefore gets under your skin and brings about many small sensations. Certainly worth acquiring, get it before it's too late.
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Its ill wind that Sonny Clark's heart stopped after only 31 years, fortunately he left us a few records such as Dial "S" For Sonny. Every musician on the album (Art Farmer (t), Curtis Fuller (tbn), Hank Mobley (ts), Sonny (pno), Wilbur Ware (b), and Louis Hayes (d)) controls a fire that burns a single flame entirely. Four out of the six tunes are Sonny's and all are solid. In the liner notes Sonny is quoted "Jazz is Jazz wherever it's played."...they played in Hackensack, NJ and they swung.
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With the exception of "Love Walked In," which features piano all the way, Clark generously shares equal solo time with Mobley, Farmer, and Fuller on the other six tunes. Still, he has enough space to make the most of what was his Blue Note debut, playing with greater fluency and technical aplomb than on the more celebrated "Cool Struttin'." In fact, based on the evidence of this recording, a listener might wonder if Clark was destined to be the next Bud Powell.

But unlike Bud, Sonny is clearly more of a "session player," contributing five of the seven tunes, each of them the kind musicians love to blow on. And unlike, say, a Horace Silver, Sonny seems happy to remain in the background, showcasing his inventive soloists. Mobley is in his prime (another reason I'd pick this one ahead of "Cool Struttin'"), his warm, musky sound never captured better. Farmer is brassier and more emotional than I've ever heard him. Fuller is crisp and incisive, though I could have done with one less soloist in favor of extended choruses by the other musicians. (Clark's single-note, horn-like approach to his own solos is another reason to go with a leaner ensemble, if only to reduce the duplication of textures).

The youthful Louis Hayes plays like a veteran, even at this early stage which pre-dates his tours of duty with the Adderley brothers and Oscar Peterson. Wilbur Ware supports the legendary status he had attained as a musician's musician, a bass player who could be counted on to make any session swing (though I haven't decided whether his penchant for repeating the same note is effective tension and release or harmonic insecurity). All in all, an impressive introduction to Sonny Clark as a leader, composer, and player.
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This is the only Sonny Clark-led Bluenote that strikes me as "only" very good, even excellent, but not a classic. Mind you, any album with both Hank Mobley and Sonny Clark is well worth your time, but it doesn't seem to have the note-to-note inevitability of his other albums. I guess I'm talking about that indefineable thing called chemistry. There seemed to be more of it between trombonist Curtis Fuller and John Coltrane on the previous Sonny's Crib. Perhaps Sonny just came out with another album too soon after the last one (September 1, '57 for Sonny's Crib, November 10, '57 for Dial "S"). In any case, I'm speaking in relative terms here, and this album still deserves four-and-a-half stars.
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