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Cool Struttin' Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, April 20, 1999
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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This album JAMS! Really great recording and is fun. Really great musicianship. WonderfulPublished 4 months ago by Bob P Wilson
Hey man, any album with Art Farmer, Philly Joe Jones and Paul Chambers... as your sidemen... is some pretty cool struttin. Look, this is not the greatest hard bop album ever made. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Will B.
Cool Struttin' is, for me, a great introduction to jazz pianist Sonny Clark. This is my first Sonny Clark album and I, over the course of owning Cool Struttin' for the last several... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Goughy
I'll keep this fairly short and sweet. If you really enjoy a good hard bop date where everyone is really swinging and playing great bebop solos, you can't go wrong with this one. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Shawn
I just listened to this for the fourth or fifth time and it just keeps getting better. It's one of those records that makes me sorry I spent so much of my life without it. Read morePublished on July 26, 2014 by Blake Lucas