Sonny Clark

The Art of the Trio

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This recording is the result of two sessions from late 1958. The Art of the Trio (also called The 45 Sessions) features Sonny Clark with drummer Wes Landers and bassist Jymie Merritt (who went on to join Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers). In contrast to the hard-driving bebop approach of earlier sessions, this material is very relaxed. Intended for release as 45 singles, the tunes are generally short interpretations of popular standards. Clark's left-hand comping is informed more by Ahmad Jamal than Bud Powell. Landers primarily uses brushes and has a less aggressive approach than Jones. The result is some of Clark's most accessible piano trio work, with beautiful chord voicings and harmonizations, and a very coherent group sound.

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