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Dial S for Sonny Import, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Import, Original recording remastered, February 7, 2005
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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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Excellent CD. 1950s Blue Note bop at its best. A really great line up of horns with a wonderful rhythm section. Rudy Van Gelder did it again.Published on September 5, 2009 by Bryan
Dial "S" For Sonny is a simply delightful turn from the ill-fated Sonny Clark, made all the more brilliant by the presence of Hank Mobley's tenor sax; Curtis Fuller's trombone; and... Read morePublished on January 28, 2008 by Clermont-Ferrand
Sonny Clark sat down with a group of fairly familiar names to play a set of mostly originals and two standards. Read morePublished on December 2, 2007 by Anthony Cooper