Dial "S" for Sonny

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Dial "S" for Sonny
Dial S for Sonny.jpg
Studio album by Sonny Clark
Released December 1957[1]
Recorded July 21, 1957
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
Genre Jazz
Length 40:55
Label Blue Note
BLP 1570
Producer Alfred Lion
Sonny Clark chronology
Dial "S" for Sonny
Sonny's Crib
(1957)Sonny's Crib1957
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Dial "S" for Sonny is the debut album by jazz pianist Sonny Clark recorded for the Blue Note label and performed by Clark with Art Farmer, Curtis Fuller, Hank Mobley, Wilbur Ware, and Louis Hayes.[3]


Critic John S. Wilson, in a contemporaneous review, remarked negatively that "Art Farmer contributes some crackling solos to Dial S for Sonny, [...] but he has to fight a chomp-chomp rhythm section".[4] The album was awarded 3 stars by Stephen Thomas Erlewine in an Allmusic review which stated: "Dial "S" for Sonny, Sonny Clark's first session for Blue Note Records and his first session as a leader, is a terrific set of laidback bop, highlighted by Clark's liquid, swinging solos... Clark steals the show in this set of fine, straight-ahead bop."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sonny Clark except as indicated
  1. "Dial "S" for Sonny" - 7:26
  2. "Bootin' It" - 5:17
  3. "It Could Happen to You" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) - 6:59
  4. "Sonny's Mood" - 8:38
  5. "Shoutin' on a Riff" - 6:45
  6. "Love Walked In" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 5:50
  7. "Bootin' It" [Alternate Take] - 5:15 Bonus track on CD




  1. ^ Schwann Stereo Record Guide, 1966
  2. ^ Allmusic Review
  3. ^ Sonny Clark discography accessed December 21, 2009.
  4. ^ Wilson, John S. (1959) The Collector's Jazz: Modern, p. 68. J. B. Lippincott.
  5. ^ Earlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed December 21, 2009.