My Conception

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My Conception
Studio album by Sonny Clark
Released 1979
Recorded December 8, 1957
March 29, 1959
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
Genre Jazz
Length 39:36 original LP
61:16 2000 CD reissue
Label Blue Note
GXF 3056
Producer Alfred Lion
Sonny Clark chronology
Blues in the Night
(1958)Blues in the Night1958
My Conception
Leapin' and Lopin'
(1961)Leapin' and Lopin'1961
Alternative cover
2000 CD edition
2000 CD edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

My Conception is an album by jazz pianist Sonny Clark, recorded for the Blue Note label and performed by Clark with Donald Byrd, Hank Mobley, Paul Chambers, and Art Blakey. It was originally released in 1979 in Japan, as GXF 3056, featuring six tracks recorded in 1959 including an alternate take of "Royal Flush", appeared on Cool Struttin'. The 2000 limited CD reissue also comprised the three additional tracks originally recorded for Sonny Clark Quintets, an album which never saw the light of the day until being released later only in Japan.[2]

The album was awarded 4 stars in an Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos which stated "Sonny Clark's conception of modern jazz is not far removed from his peer group of the late '50s, in that advanced melodic and harmonic ideas override the basic precepts of swing and simplicity. What sets Clark apart from other jazz pianists lies in his conception of democracy to allow his bandmates to steam straight ahead on compositions he has written with them in mind... Except the extraordinary Leapin' and Lopin', this album of contrasts, depth, and spirit showcases Clark's dual concepts brilliantly, and is only a half step below his best".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sonny Clark
  1. "Junka" - 7:30
  2. "Blues Blue" - 7:18
  3. "Minor Meeting" [Second Version] - 6:46
  4. "Royal Flush" [Second Version] - 7:00
  5. "Some Clark Bars" - 6:18
  6. "My Conception" - 4:44

Bonus tracks on CD:

  1. "Minor Meeting" [First Version] - 6:54
  2. "Eastern Incident" - 8:14
  3. "Little Sonny" - 6:32

Recorded on December 8, 1957 (tracks 7-9) and March 29, 1959 (tracks 1-6).




  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Sonny Clark discography accessed December 22, 2009.
  3. ^ Nastos, M. G. Allmusic Review accessed December 22, 2009.