Sonny Clark Quintets

Sonny Clark

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Sonny Clark Quintets Review

by Lee Bloom

Of interest to fans of the superb hard bop pianist, this recording combines material from two separate dates. "Royal Flush" and "Lover" are from the January 1958 Cool Struttin' session, and the other tunes, "Minor Meeting," "Eastern Incident," and "Little Sonny," were never released during Clark's tragically short life, so they're special for Clark's fans and they include guitarist Kenny Burrell. Clark rarely worked with a guitarist, although he recorded some wonderful material with Grant Green, Tal Farlow, and Jimmy Raney, three masterful players. His playing here never clashes harmonically or rhythmically with the guitar, a challenging feat for any jazz pianist. These three original tunes are also welcome additions to the consistently excellent body of work that Sonny Clark composed.

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