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Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Clark

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Clark

All About Jazz is celebrating Sonny Clark's birthday today!

Conrad Yeatis “Sonny" Clark was an American jazz pianist who mainly worked in the hard bop idiom. Contents Clark was born and raised in Herminie, Pennsylvania, a coal mining town southeast of Pittsburgh. At age 12, he moved to Pittsburgh. When visiting an aunt in California ...

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Electrifying Track: Junka

Electrifying Track: Junka

Sonny Clark was an elegant jazz pianist who recorded in the hard bop era and was influenced primarily by Bud Powell, though there's a touch of Horace Silver in his punctuation. Clark was a sideman on many important albums, including recordings by Buddy DeFranco, Serge Chaloff, Frank Rosolino, Sonny Criss, Howard Rumsey, Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sonny Clark Trio: The 1960 Sessions with George Duvivier and Max Roach

Read "The 1960 Sessions with George Duvivier and Max Roach" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Jazz history tends to favor the great musical innovators whose stylistic leaps have formed the ever-changing vocabulary of jazz: the improvisational wonder of Louis Armstrong, the free flight of Charlie Parker, the chameleon-like transformations of Miles Davis, and the singular piano world of Thelonious Monk. For long a time, Monk, along with Bud Powell, has been ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Conversations with Charlie Haden

Read "Conversations with Charlie Haden" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Conversations with Charlie Haden
Josef Woodard & Charlie Haden
235 Pagine con 24 foto in bianco e nero
ISBN: #978-1-935247-15-9
Silman-James Press
2017

Pubblicato negli Stati Uniti all'inizio di quest'anno, Conversations with Charlie Haden raccoglie 17 interviste del critico Josef Woodard al grande contrabbassista scomparso; alcune sono state ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Clark

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Clark

All About Jazz is celebrating Sonny Clark's birthday today!

Conrad Yeatis “Sonny" Clark was an American jazz pianist who mainly worked in the hard bop idiom. Contents Clark was born and raised in Herminie, Pennsylvania, a coal mining town southeast of Pittsburgh. At age 12, he moved to Pittsburgh. When visiting an aunt in California ...

Benny Green: Happiness!

Read "Happiness!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Happiness is listening to Benny Green. He brings joie de vivre to the piano keys with his Herculean chops, in-the-pocket soulfulness, and tight arrangements, all of which can be heard in spades on this live date.

The scene for this spirited recording was the Kuumbwa Jazz Center--a gem of a venue in California ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Trios – Free Nelson Mandoomjazz, Organic Trio, Ben Rosenblum, Peter Erskine; Julia Hulsmann

Read "Trios – Free Nelson Mandoomjazz, Organic Trio, Ben Rosenblum, Peter Erskine; Julia Hulsmann" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jazz Trios. A variety of flavors...

Free Nelson Mandoom Jazz
The Organ Grinder
RareNoise Records
2016

Free Nelson Mandoomjazz is not exactly your posterchild for traditional jazz trios, nominally comprised of wind player Rebecca Sneddon, bassist Colin Stewart and drummer Paul Archibald. <em>Organ Grinder</em> is a recording ...

Lee Morgan On Music Matters

Read "Lee Morgan On Music Matters" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Somewhere up in the sky there's a pantheon of jazz legends. Lee Morgan rightfully has a seat in the top tier, and the jam must be extraordinary.

Morgan hit the scene in 1956, an obvious prodigy who'd scored two triumphs at the tender age of eighteen: a standing gig in Dizzy Gillespie's big band ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hank Mobley: Hank Mobley

Read "Hank Mobley" reviewed by Greg Simmons

During the 1950s and '60s Hank Mobley was an especially prolific musician. In addition to many dates as a sideman, his string of 26 or so records under his own name for Blue Note certainly makes him the one of, if not the label's productivity champion. Most of his dates are excellent performances, yet somehow his ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joshua Breakstone/The Cello Quartet: 88

Read "88" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Veteran guitarist Joshua Breakstone pays tribute to some of his favorite pianist/composers here. He tells a story about a fellow Berklee student (a saxophonist) who asked legendary saxophonist Sonny Stitt if he could sit in. Stitt shut him down with the question “how many keys on a saxophone?" The novice couldn't answer--there are 23--but everyone knows ...