Recorded by SONNY CLARK on DIAL S FOR SONNY
Blue Note: BN 1570 / Recorded on July 21, 1957
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, C treble clef
3rd part: Trombone, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, C treble clef
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
With a bright and happy A section, this one glows from the beginning. A Latin bridge with rhythm section hits on the offbeats makes "Sonny's Mood" an attention grabber, and one that's bound to stick in the musical memory of the audience. It is an excellent choice for a sextet of any ability level.
SOLOS: A laid back tempo and standard AABA 32-bar form, coupled with logical II-Vs that don't stray too much from the key center make for straight-ahead blowing.
Also Available as part of Sextet Set 1: EASY (HL00000939)
SONNY CLARK (1932-1963). Born in Herminie, Pennsylvania, Sonny was a tragically short-lived piano player, but nevertheless an undisputed master of his instrument. He began his musical studies playing vibes and bass in his high school band in Pittsburgh. In 1951, Clark moved to San Francisco where he worked with Wardell Gray and Oscar Pettiford. Between '53 and '56, he occupied the piano chair in clarinetist Buddy De Franco's band. From there, he joined Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars, where he stayed until he joined by Dinah Washington just a year later. He freelanced in New York from 1957-62, until he was hospitalized for a leg infection. He died suddenly of a heart attack shortly after he was discharged from the hospital. Although he only recorded several albums for Blue Note, his later albums reveal a truly unique and individual style stemming from the bop school.
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