Voodoo (Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet album)

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Studio album by The Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet
RecordedNovember 25 and 26, 1985
GenreHard bop
LabelBlack Saint
ProducerGiovanni Bonandrini
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Voodoo is an album by The Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet which comprises John Zorn on alto saxophone, Wayne Horvitz on keyboards, Ray Drummond on bass and Bobby Previte on drums. The album was released in 1986 on Black Saint Records and features the compositions of hard bop pianist Sonny Clark.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars stating "This unusual album is an unlikely success... Zorn creates fairly boppish solos with occasional hints at more advanced improvising techniques. Worth checking out".[1]

The Rolling Stone review by Steve Futterman said the album "brings out Zorn's anarchic tendencies... Quartet masterminds Zorn and Wayne Horvitz spit fire, never allowing this heartfelt tribute to get too reverential... Here Zorn sounds like he's having serious fun".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Cool Struttin'" - 5:27
  2. "Minor Meeting" - 4:36
  3. "Nicely" - 5:34
  4. "Something Special" - 4:45
  5. "Voodoo" - 10:57
  6. "Sonia" - 4:02
  7. "Sonny's Crib" - 7:40
All compositions by Sonny Clark
  • Recorded at Classic Sound, New York on November 25 and 26, 1985



  1. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed March 10, 2009.
  2. ^ Futterman, S., "Records: Voodoo", Rolling Stone, Issue 498, April 23, 1987, pp 152