Sonny Red

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For the organized crime figure nicknamed "Sonny Red", see Al Indelicato.

Sonny Red (December 17, 1932, in Detroit as Sylvester Kyner Jr. – March 20, 1981) was an American alto saxophonist associated with the hard bop idiom among other styles. He had some success in the 1960s, but had fallen into obscurity by the late 1970s.[1][2]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Donald Byrd

With Curtis Fuller

With Bill Hardman

  • Bill Hardman
  • Saying Something

With Yusef Lateef

With Paul Quinichette

With Bobby Timmons

With Frank Wess

  • Jazz Is Busting Out All Over (1957)


  1. ^ Allmusic
  2. ^ Svanoe, Anders (2007). "Bluesville: The Journey of Sonny Red". Annual Review of Jazz Studies 13 (2003). 

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