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Sonny's Conception

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Sonny's Conception
Sonny's Conception


Sonny Clark's soulful piano was a musical delight. His blues playing had a grace and weight unequalled in jazz before or since. Heroin and alcohol problems brought on a premature and tragic death at the age of 31. We follow Sonny's path from early 1954 with early solo performances through to trio tunes from 1960. Along the way we hear Sonny collaborating with the likes of John Coltrane, Art Farmer, Donald Byrd, Max Roach and other leading lights. This 4 CD set comes with a booklet with Sonny's story and discographical information. There is no other comparable survey of Sonny's career in the marketplace. Sonny Clark was one of the leading pianists in what is commonly known as the hard bop style. Sonny Clark's playing oozed a sense of effortless ease. Many pianists of the hard-bop era sound like they are trying hard to swing, not Sonny, as Art Farmer once commented, "A primary quality in Sonny Clark's playing is that there is no strain in it". Original melodies and variations on standards seemed to flow from his fingers. An essential element of Clark's style was his use of stealthy melodic lines that could extend to several bars at the time and built through surprisingly accentuated melodic turns.


  1. Name
  2. Improvisation No.1
  3. All God's Chillun Got Rhythm
  4. Body And Soul/Jeepers Creepers
  5. Improvisation No.2/Over The Rainbow
  6. Move
  7. Oslo
  8. After You've Gone
  9. Once In A While
  10. Dial "S" For Sonny
  11. Bootin' It
  12. It Could Happen To You
  13. Sonny's Mood
  14. Shoutin' On A Riff
  15. Love Walked In
  16. News For Lulu
  17. Sonny's Crib
  18. Speak Low
  19. With A Song In My Heart
  20. Come Rain Or Come Shine
  21. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  22. Two Bass Hit
  23. Bebop
  24. Tadd's Delight
  25. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
  26. I'll Remember April
  27. Cool Struttin'
  28. Blue Minor
  29. Sippin' At Bells
  30. Deep Night
  31. Black Velvet
  32. I'm Just A Lucky So And So
  33. Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You?
  34. Ain't No Use
  35. The Breeze And I
  36. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  37. Minor Meeting
  38. Nica
  39. Sonny's Crib
  40. Blues Mambo
  41. Blues Blue
  42. Junka
  43. My Conception
  44. Sonja
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