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Cool Struttin' Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (14 Jun. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000IL28
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 22 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Sonny Clark is something of a neglected figure these days. However, he should be immortalised for making this one record alone, if not also for his inluence upon Bill Evans, whose "NYC's No Lark" is dedicated to the pianist-composer. "Cool Struttin'" is one of my absolute favourite Blue Notes and features a rare appearance on the label by Art Farmer on trumpet. Needless -to-say, his playing is as exemplorary as ever. Full marks to Mr. McLean on alto too.
This is classic fifties hard bop, music caught between the pioneer playing of Bird and the 60's revolutions of Mile and 'Trane. It displays an innocence and freshness typical of the era and Clark's writing is instantly memorable. This has been one of my most played records in my collection for years.
The rythmn team of Clark, Paul Chamber and the great Philly Joe Jones is fantastic and the leader contributes several compositions that are now classics of the jazz canon. Clark's style is simple, effective and always swinging. The best track is "Blue Minor" where the band really hit it's stride, but there is not a duff note on this legendary disc. If you are a fan of Blue Note, this is a must for every collection.Even the cover is a classic!!
Fans of Sonny Clark's music who are musicians should also check out Gerard & Sarzin's book "Jazz composers of the 50's & 60's" that includes the music for "Cool Struttin'", "Blue Minor" and "Royal Flush", all featured on this disc. It also includes music by other Blue Note piano gods such as Herbie Nichols and Andrew Hill.
Clark's album "Sonny's Crib" is nearly as good and features John
Coltrane in the line up amongst Curtis Fuller and Donald Byrd. Unfortunately, Clark did not make too many records in his short and tragic career and "Cool Struttin'" remains his masterpiece. This is certainly an album you will want on your desert island.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fiction Fan on 2 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Sonny Clark was the "house" pianist at Blue Note, playing on dozens of great hard-bop dates for the label. He had a definite sound of his own; like all the greats, a kind of lilting, melodic quality on long runs of the keyboard which - as here - lifted the music to a higher level of expression. "Cool Struttin'" is a masterpiece - performed with the Blue Note bedrock rhythm section of Philly Joe on drums and Mr PC on bass and with the joyful exuberance of Art Farmer and Jackie McLean on trumpet and alto sax respectively, this is a CD you will return to again and again. The high spot is undoubtedly "Deep Night", which hits a perfect groove and carries the listener away to a cooler and better place. Not to be missed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Recorded in the hey day of cool jazz, in the famous Van Gelder studios for the master of all jazz labels, Blue Note, and starring some of the big names of the time this is an album with an impressive pedigree. And it lives up to all expectations.

The original album was four extended cuts of superb cool jazz. In contrast to some of the other great albums of the time the feel of the album is a little more up tempo than usual, with some great swinging sets that really get you tapping your foot to the beat.

The rhythm section of Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones do superlative work in the background, laying down a rock steady beat for the soloists, Art Farmer on trumpet, Jackie McLean on sax and Sonny Clark on piano, to work around. Everyone really gets to stretch their legs, with all players given room to breathe and shine individually, but it is when they all come together that the magic is really in the air.

Included in this edition are two cuts, Royal Flush and Lover that did not make it onto the original album. These are worthy additions, and really add to the album. It must have been a tough choice when this was originally released, deciding which tracks had to be cut!

As with all the Rudy Van Gelder Edition series, I have found the remastering to be excellent, with my untutored ears finding a nice crisp sound and good separation when played on my stereo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Sonny Clark was not a name I knew that well until relatively recently. Now I not only know his name, I also have the privilege of knowing & loving the driving, honest, down-to-earth jazz on this impeccable Blue Note classic from 1958, bang in the middle of their golden era.
This is mainstream bebop jazz at its uncompromising, approachable best, and what a line-up: Art Farmer`s uncluttered trumpet a sober foil to the simmering alto sax of Jackie McClean, the superb Paul Chambers on bass, with ever-attentive, punchy drumming courtesy of Philly Joe Jones. An intriguing team.
Sonny Clark was a light-fingered, deft pianist, mixing witty runs with apt chords, playing always articulately, and swinging like crazy too. His lovely solo on Deep Night (co-composed, I see, by none other than film star Rudy Vallee!) is followed by tight, smoking solos from Farmer & McClean, the latter`s brightly-lit tone a welcome burst of light after the cooler utterances of Farmer`s trumpet. Sonny comes back in before Philly Joe beats an urgent path to the final bars of this 9-minute workout.
As with most of the Blue Note reissues, this one`s perfectly remastered by Michael Cuscuna, with the original photo by Francis Wolff adorning the cover. It beats me how a record made in `58 can still sound so pristine. (After all, not that many classical recordings from the fifties scrub up this well.)
This is one of those discs that will give pleasure ever & always. The combination of musicians is a happy one, the playing unquestionably fine throughout. The six tracks are all the more effective as the five players don`t give away all their secrets in one go, or try to show off their wares more than would be tasteful or tactful. It`s an album that not only grows in stature the more one hears it, but the more tracks one hears as it goes on, a cumulative effect building as some great jazz is played by five tremendous musicians in accord.
A good one!
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