Sonny Clark - Sonny's Crib (1957) {2011 Music Matters 45RPM vinyl} 24-96

Posted By : Hungry Mind | Date : 29 Mar 2012 20:46:57 | Comments : 2 |

Sonny Clark - Sonny's Crib (1957) {2011 Music Matters 45RPM vinyl} 24-96
Vinyl rip @ 24/96 | FLAC | Artwork | 965 MB
Genre: jazz, hard bop | RAR 5% Rec. | Label: Music Matters | CAT #MMBST-1576

Recorded in 1957, Sonny's Crib features a front line of Curtis Fuller, Donald Byrd, and John Coltrane with Sonny Clark on piano, Art Taylor on drums, and Paul Chambers on bass. Truly still a bebop recording, done a full year before the landmark Cool Struttin' session, nonetheless the set produced some awesome readings of classic tunes, like the opener, "With a Song in My Heart," with one of the knottiest Byrd solos ever. As Chambers and Taylor up the rhythmic ante and Clark comps with enormous chords in the background, the entire line solos, but it is Byrd's that is stunning in its complexity -- though Coltrane could play bebop as well as anybody. The most notable tracks on the session are the classic readings of Kurt Weill's "Speak Low" and "News for Lulu," the latter of which has been adopted by John Zorn as his theme. On the former, Clark's rearrangement, with Coltrane leading the front line, is truly revelatory. Using a Latin rhythm in cut time, Clark sets up a long, 22-note melody line that moves right into Trane's solo. He moves the key around and harmonically shifts gears as Clark follows and stays in the pocket for him while Trane uses the middle register for legato pyrotechnics. Fuller's next and covers over the blues inherent in the tune with pure swing, before Byrd brings it back into the fold with a gorgeous counterpoint of the melody. Clark taps his way into extended harmonics on the sixths and sharpens the accents as he trounces the original key and plays double trills to get back. The latter is a smokin' Latin take on the hard bop blues, with a staggered melodic line and a large tonal palette that gives the horn players room to explore the timbral possibilities of Clark's colors -- which are revealed in the loosest, skittering skein of bluesy phrasing this side of Horace Silver in his solo. In all, Sonny's Crib is a phenomenal recording, one that opened the door to hard bop becoming the norm in the late '50s, and one that drew deft, imaginative performances from all its players.

A - With A Song In My Heart
B1 - Speak Low
B2 - Come Rain Or Come Shine
C - Sonny's Crib
D - News For Lulu

Sonny Clark - piano
Donald Byrd - trumpet
Curtis Fuller - trombone
John Coltrane - tenor saxophone
Paul Chambers - bass
Art Taylor - drums

Nitty Gritty Record Master
Music Hall MMF 9.1
sticky hand stylus cleaning
Goldring 1042
Bellari VP-130 phono preamp, with vintage Telefunken 12AX7 smooth plates
Mytek Stereo192 ADC (analog to digital converter)
TT Weights center weight, Blue Jean LC-1 interconnects
software used: Soundforge 10.0, ClickRepair 3.6.1 (in manual mode), Trader's Little Helper 2.7.0

Thanks to DeusIrae72


Posted By: ByGijS Date: 30 Mar 2012 03:59:27
Thanks 4 Sharing... "Fuzz"... ;-)
Posted By: djokica66 Date: 26 Jan 2013 14:24:53
thanks from me also, and are you coming back?