Sonny Fortune: Thank God For That Day Job
These high profile gigs led to an Atlantic Records recording contract and Fortune's most financially lucrative years. Unfortunately for Fortune, the contract would come with a high price. One day, one of the company's producers came to him with the "brilliant" idea of adding strings to make one of the recordings more commercial. "That was that," says Fortune. The saxophonist would have to go his own way and follow his muse rather than surrender to the venal interests of the music business.
The good news is that Sonny Fortune is aging like a fine Rico reed (a #2.5 by the way). He recently celebrated his 69th birthday, yet Fortune's live performances continue to leave audiences feeling as if they were seated in the path of a hurricane. A live recording is long overdue.
Many years have passed since Fortune took control of his own destiny and embarked on a journey of musical discovery. Just think, if labor relations had been cool in that Philly box factory, Sonny Fortune might never have pulled his alto out of the closet. Thank God for that day job!
Sonny Fortune will be performing in Italy and Spain during the summer of 2008, so European jazz fans will have the opportunity to experience his intensity first-hand.