Sonny Clark – Dial S For Sonny (Full Album)

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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.

AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine:
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 leads a first-rate group – Art Farmer (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Hank Mobley (tenor sax), Wilbur Ware (bass), Louis Hayes (drums) – through four originals and two standards, balancing the selections between swinging bop and reflective ballads. There are traces of Bud Powell in Clark’s style, but he’s beginning to come into his own, developing a style that’s alternately edgy and charmingly relaxed. Mobley, Farmer and Fuller have their moments, but Clark steals the show in this set of fine, straight-ahead bop (



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

Sonny Clark – piano
Art Farmer – trumpet (tracks 1-5 & 7)
Curtis Fuller – trombone (tracks 1-5 & 7)
Hank Mobley – tenor saxophone (tracks 1-5 & 7)
Wilbur Ware – bass
Louis Hayes – drums


Released: December 1957
Recorded: July 21, 1957
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
Length: 40:55
Label: Blue Note
BLP 1570
Producer: Alfred Lion