Cool Struttin'

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Cool Struttin'
Cool Struttin'.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1958[1]
RecordedJanuary 5, 1958
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
GenreJazz, hard bop
Length37:34 original LP
53:35 CD reissue
LabelBlue Note
BLP 1588
ProducerAlfred Lion
Sonny Clark chronology
Sonny Clark Quintets
Cool Struttin'
The Art of The Trio
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[3]

Cool Struttin' is a 1958 album by jazz pianist Sonny Clark. Described as an "enduring hard-bop classic" by The New York Times,[4] the album features alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, trumpeter Art Farmer and two members of the Miles Davis Quintet, drummer Philly Joe Jones and bassist Paul Chambers. According to The Stereo Times, the album enjoys "a nearly cult status among hardcore jazz followers",[5] a reputation AllMusic asserts it deserves "for its soul appeal alone".[6]

Originally released on LP in 1958 by Blue Note, the album has been re-released on CD many times, also featuring two bonus tracks. In 1991, Blue Note released a Christmas themed CD called Yule Struttin' with a cover derived from the sleeve design for this album.

Track listing[edit]

Except where otherwise noted, tracks composed by Sonny Clark.
  1. "Cool Struttin'" – 9:23
  2. "Blue Minor" – 10:19
  3. "Sippin' at Bells" (Miles Davis) – 8:18
  4. "Deep Night" (Charles Henderson, Rudy Vallée) – 9:34

Bonus tracks on CD reissue:

  1. "Royal Flush" – 9:00[7]
  2. "Lover" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 7:01



Album cover[edit]

The album cover, designed by Reid Miles, features an original photograph by Francis Wolff of Alfred Lion's wife, Ruth.[8]


  1. ^ Schwann Stereo Record Guide, 1966
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 41. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ Palmer, Robert. (March 18, 1987) The Pop Life; recalling Sonny Clark. The New York Times. Accessed October 28, 2007.
  5. ^ Merod, Jim. (September 10, 2002). Music in the Key of Clark: Remembering Sonny Clark. The Stereo Times. Accessed October 28, 2007.
  6. ^ Cool Struttin' review at AllMusic
  7. ^ Cool Struttin' (US Bonus Tracks) at AllMusic
  8. ^ Havers, Richard (2014). Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression. USA: Chronicle Books. pp. 150–152. ISBN 978-1-4521-4144-2.