The Complete Quartets with Sonny Clark

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The Complete Quartets With Sonny Clark
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Compilation album by
Grant Green
RecordedDecember 23, 1961 (CD 1, 8-10; CD2 1-3)
January 13, 1962 (CD 1, 1-7)
January 31, 1962 (CD 2, 4-9)
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
LabelBlue Note
ProducerAlfred Lion, Michael Cuscuna
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars[2]

The Complete Quartets With Sonny Clark is a 1997 compilation album by jazz guitarist Grant Green, collecting together all the tracks from a series of albums he recorded with pianist Sonny Clark in 1961 and '62.

The original material was shelved until after Clark's death in 1963 and Grant's death in 1979, and was first issued only in Japan as the albums Nigeria, Oleo and Gooden's Corner. The collection also includes one additional tune, "Nancy (With the Laughing Face)", and alternative takes of "Airegin" and "Oleo", all recorded during the same sessions.


The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected this album as part of its suggested Core Collection.[2] A review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine of stated, "this is superb music, showcasing the guitarist and pianist at their very best."[1] Writing for All About Jazz, Reid Thomspon described the album as "full of intuition, soul, and swing, and lacking in pretense," going on to say that the album "has me asking myself 'does music get any better than this?'"[3]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Airegin" (Sonny Rollins) - 7:32
  2. "It Ain't Necessarily So" (Gershwin, Gershwin) - 10:22
  3. "I Concentrate on You" (Porter) - 5:48
  4. "The Things We Did Last Summer" (Cahn, Styne) - 5:56
  5. "The Song Is You" (Hammerstein II, Kern) - 7:46
  6. "Nancy (With the Laughing Face)" (Van Heusen, Silvers) - 6:25
  7. "Airegin" [Alternative Take] - 7:37
  8. "On Green Dolphin Street" (Kaper, Washington) - 6:26
  9. "Shadrack" (MacGimsey) - 6:23
  10. "What Is This Thing Called Love?" (Porter) - 5:50

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Moon River" (Mancini, Mercer) - 5:37
  2. "Gooden's Corner" - 8:14
  3. "Two for One" - 7:41
  4. "Oleo" (Sonny Rollins) – 5:37
  5. "Little Girl Blue" (Hart, Rodgers) – 7:15
  6. "Tune-Up" (Miles Davis) – 7:19
  7. "Hip Funk" (Green) – 8:39
  8. "My Favorite Things" (Hammerstein II, Rodgers) – 8:32
  9. "Oleo" [Alternative Take] - 6:00



  1. ^ a b "The Complete Quartets with Sonny Clark - Grant Green - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  2. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008) The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th edition). Penguin. p. 599.
  3. ^ Thompson, Reid (December 1, 2001). "Grant Green: The Complete Quartets with Sonny Clark". All About Jazz.