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In 1982, Sunnyside released its first recording, Mirth Song, featuring pianist Harold Danko and bassist Rufus Reid. Twenty-five years later, the catalog is closing in on 250 titles. Sunnyside has been the home of many fine pianists, including Kirk Lightsey, James Williams, Fred Hersch, Geoff Keezer , Armen Donelian, Eddie Higgins, Laszlo Gardony and Kenny Werner. Especially memorable Sunnyside recordings include Equilateral, on which greats Hank Jones and Roy Haynes lent support to reedman Billy Pierce in an unusual bass-less trio setting; Treasure Island on which Bob Belden first recorded his Ensemble; and Rumba Para Monk, recorded by Jerry Gonzalez and his cohorts in the Fort Apache Band and considered by many to be the ultimate Afro-Cuban Jazz album. More recently, Argentinian composer/pianist Guillermo Klein has provided greatly acclaimed works while Brazilian Luciana Souza has continued the tradition of great vocalists on the label, such as Meredith d'Ambrosio and Jay Clayton. Other artists in the compilation include Jeff Tain Watts (with Kenny Kirkland), Marc Copland, Lee Konitz, Jay Leonhart, Michael Leonhart, Steve Nelson, Deidre Rodman, Rory Stuart, and Glenn Wilson.
This compilation provides a view at the depth and diversity of this influential label.


It would be difficult, from the evidence provided by the first volume of Sunnyside Records' quarter-century anniversary collection, to determine if this intrepid indie possesses a label "sound" akin to that of, say, peak-era Blue Note or Impulse! Sunnyside's identity may best reveal itself in the consistent smarts that define its artist roster.

With disparate personalities rubbing agreeably against one another, this well-chosen double-disc set presents a portrait of a modestly daring label that has counted the likes of such distinctive figures as Fred Hersch, Guillermo Klein, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Luciana Souza, Jerry Gonzalez and Jay Clayton among its ranks at one time or another. Reliable mainstreamers mix with edgier players and idiosyncratic individualists who fall between the cracks.

Given a single track, nearly everone represented acquits him or herself with distinction and, in the best cases, their ardor leads you back to the original album from which the performance was culled. (Carolyn Leonhart, for example, turns in an imaginative reworking of "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face" that could pique the interest of even the most hardened jazz vocal skeptic.) - Steve Futterman --JazzTimes - August 2007

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. The ImpalerJeff "Tain" Watts 5:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Witch HuntHarold Danko & Kirk Lightsey 5:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Bye-YaJerry Gonzalez And The Fort Apache Band 6:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Alter EgoJames Williams 6:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Night Has A Thousand EyesLee Konitz 4:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Playground For The BirdsDonald Brown 6:59$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. ArmageddonGlenn Wilson & Rory Stuart 6:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Listen Little GirlMeredith D'Ambrosio 4:27$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Blue In GreenFred Hersch 4:55$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. It'S The Strangest ThingJay Leonhart 4:02$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Softly As In A Morning SunriseBilly Pierce 4:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Face On The Barroom FloorBob Belden Ensemble 3:47$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. I'Ve Grown Accustomed To His FaceCarolyn Leonhart 5:12$0.89  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. CurveballGeoff Keezer 7:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beautiful LoveSteve Nelson 6:32$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. AndorinhaArmen Donelian 5:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. FallRufus Reid 3:12$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. All Of YouMarc Copland 6:46$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. GoodbyeJay Clayton 5:18$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Other OneLaszlo Gardony 4:47$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Falling GraceKenny Werner 7:32$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Inside WhiteDeidre Rodman 4:36$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Baiao Medley- RomanceLuciana Souza 5:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Kevin'S WaltzEddie Higgins 5:47$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. No Name TuneGuillermo Klein 4:24$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. SamsaraMichael Leonhart 5:35$0.89  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 8, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sunny Side Records
  • ASIN: B000OONP40
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,862 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By AbasiG on March 15, 2011
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Sunnyside 25th Anniversary is great listening music. The various idioms of jazz come alive in this dual set of albums. Any listener that wants to lay back and embrace the jazz experience will really appreciate this two album set.
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