Sonny Clark – My Conception

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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.

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. … this album of contrasts, depth, and spirit showcases Clark’s dual concepts brilliantly, and is only a half step below his best (Michael G. Nastos/AllMusic).



Track listing:
All compositions by Sonny Clark
“Junka” – 7:30
“Blues Blue” – 7:18
“Minor Meeting” [Second Version] – 6:46
“Royal Flush” [Second Version] – 7:00
“Some Clark Bars” – 6:18
“My Conception” – 4:44

Bonus tracks on CD:

“Minor Meeting” [First Version] – 6:54
“Eastern Incident” – 8:14
“Little Sonny” – 6:32
Recorded on December 8, 1957 (tracks 7-9) and March 29, 1959 (tracks 1-6).

Sonny Clark – piano
Donald Byrd – (tracks 1–6) trumpet
Hank Mobley (tracks 1–6), Clifford Jordan (tracks 7–9) – tenor saxophone
Kenny Burrell – guitar (tracks 7–9)
Paul Chambers – bass
Art Blakey (tracks 1–6), Pete LaRoca (tracks 7–9) – drums


Released: 1979
Recorded: December 8, 1957
March 29, 1959
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
Length: 39:36 original LP
61:16 2000 CD reissue
Label: Blue Note
GXF 3056
Producer: Alfred Lion