Sonny's Crib

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Sonny's Crib
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Studio album by Sonny Clark
Released March 1958
Recorded October 9, 1957
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
Genre Hard bop
Length 44:18
Label Blue Note
BLP 1576
Producer Alfred Lion
Sonny Clark chronology
Dial "S" for Sonny
(1957)
Sonny's Crib
(1957)
Sonny Clark Trio
(1957)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Sonny's Crib is an album by jazz pianist Sonny Clark recorded for the Blue Note label. It is Clark's second official LP as a leader, and it features Donald Byrd, Curtis Fuller, John Coltrane, Paul Chambers, and Art Taylor.[2] The first half of the album comprises three jazz standards, while the second half contains two original compositions by Clark. The album is often compared to Coltrane's Blue Train, which featured a similar lineup, as the epitome of the Blue Note sound in the late 1950s.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Sonny's Crib was awarded 3½ stars by Thom Jurek in an Allmusic review which stated "Sonny's Crib is a phenomenal recording, one that opened the door to hard bop becoming the norm in the late '50s, and one that drew deft, imaginative performances from all its players".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sonny Clark except as indicated
  1. "With a Song in My Heart" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) - 7:54
  2. "Speak Low" (Kurt Weill) - 6:50
  3. "Come Rain or Come Shine" (Harold Arlen) - 7:29
  4. "Sonny's Crib" - 13:31
  5. "News for Lulu" - 8:34
  6. "With a Song in My Heart" [alternate take] (Rodgers) - 8:47 Bonus track on CD
  7. "Speak Low" [alternate take] (Weill) - 6:57 Bonus track on CD
  8. "Sonny's Crib" [alternate take] - 9:56 Bonus track on CD

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Sonny Clark discography accessed December 21, 2009.
  3. ^ Thompson, Reid (Dec 1, 2001). "Sonny Clark: Sonny's Crib". All About Jazz. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed December 21, 2009.