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Like Sonny

3 Mar 2003 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 31 May 1990
  • Release Date: 31 May 1990
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: (C) 1990 Blue Note Records
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  • Total Length: 57:33
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  • ASIN: B0026FDWCA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,890 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jazzoftenest on 5 Jan 2008
Format: Audio CD
This album is overlooked - as several reviewers on agree. I bought Like Sonny 15 years ago. It got me hooked on jazz. And I keep playing it. It's better than Love Supreme, tho very different. But where I don't agree with some of the US reviewers is their view that the album is "upbeat". I always found it mysterious, depressing even. But magical. And so melodic - you'll be humming the tunes.

Having said all that, I gave it to my sax-playing cousin and he didn't like it.
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This fascinating but little-known John Coltrane album comprises two contrasting sessions recorded in 1958 & 1960. The earlier one, originally recorded for JUBILEE, features tuba-player Ray Draper on six tracks including his inventive composition 'Essii's Dance'. The September 8, 1960 session marks the first time that Trane and pianist McCoy Tyner recorded together with Steve Davis(bass) & Billy Higgins(drums). The four memorable performances are 'One and Four'(aka 'Mr Day'), 'Exotica'(2 takes) & 'Like Sonny'(aka 'Simple Like') and represent a stepping-stone to the sound of the classic Coltrane quartet.
This intriguing album deserves a place in any Coltrane collection.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Like Sonny and Ray Draper - A Tuba Jazz on the same CD 7 Feb 2008
By El Roi - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is actually two LP's on one CD. The first four tunes are from:
John Coltrane - Like Sonny (Roulette ROU 1012): John Coltrane (ts) McCoy Tyner (p) Steve Davis (b) Billy Higgins (d)
United Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA, September 8, 1960
#1 Exotica (alt. take)
John Coltrane/Lee Morgan - The Best Of Birdland, Vol. 1 (Roulette SR 52094): same session - United Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA, September 8, 1960
#2 Exotica
#3 One For Four (aka Mr. Day)
#4 Simple Like (aka Like Sonny)
And the last six are from:
Ray Draper - A Tuba Jazz (Jubilee JLP 1090): Ray Draper (tu) John Coltrane (ts) John Maher (p) Spanky DeBrest (b) Larry Richie (d)
NYC, November, 1958
#5 Essil's Dance
#6 Doxy
#7 I Talk To The Trees
#8 Yesterdays
#9 Oleo
#10 Angel Eyes
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An often overlooked gem 23 Oct 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The outstanding tracks from this recording are the first four from a 1960 session with McCoy Tyner, Steve Davis and Billy Higgins. This session released on Roulette marks a bridge between Coltrane's Prestige/Blue Note recordings and those on Atlantic.
The quartet sounds fresh, relaxed and spontaneous, the session has an effervescent spirituality and transcendence that is more subtle and less weighty than some of his later "religious" recordings, e.g. A Love Supreme.
McCoy Tyner sounds light and joyous, and on these four cuts, Coltrane seems to have found whatever he was searching for all those years.
After listening to this album for over 25 years, it's haunting beauty continues to grow on me. It has always between my favourite Coltrane recording and possibly my favourite jazz album of all time. Do not overlook this recording!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Coltrane at his most accessible 17 May 2000
By "thisnicknameisnottaken" - Published on
Format: Audio CD
You won't find any of the incredible, epic solos that made Coltrane famous here; _Like Sonny_ can better be described as 'pleasant' than 'epic'. That's not to say it's bad, though, or even shallow, of course.. this is unmistakably Coltraneish (and Tynerish - actually, the first four tracks on this CD represent the first time they played together), but in a more playful frame of mood. (Hey, how serious can you be with a tuba as part of your jazz ensemble?) Rewards close listening, also rewards uncritical grooving to the beat.
My personal favourite tracks are "One and Four", the disc opener with the trademark Coltrane bass-then-drums-then-everyone-else opening and a casually sublime head, and "I Talk to the Trees", which starts with a neat drum solo and quickly reveals itself as a smouldering, effortlessly cool Latin groove.
Another Underrated Classic 2 Aug 2013
By jazzfi - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Wow, this is one of the true unsung great recordings of John Coltrane-- purity, complex, innocence, true beauty, but I am referring to the Roulette tracks only.. I stumbled upon this recording by chance years ago when I found the John Coltrane & Lee Morgan Roulette LP, and I played the Trane tracks over and over, and still never get tired of these pieces.. They in my opinion are a prequel to the My Favorite Things album, which followed one month later, and the harmonies and treatments, the soulful playing over the modal vamps are very similar to MFT except here Trane in on pure tenor rather than the soprano sax. Always searching, and developing, and McCoy is always beautiful and tender.. Don't overlook this one..
It's just somehow different... 16 Sep 2011
By Lawrence Peryer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The first four tracks on this record are the first commercially available cuts of a Coltrane band with McCoy Tyner on the bench. These dates, for Roulette, are from September 1960, about one month before their first sessions for Atlantic.

The pianist had been playing live with Trane, mainly around Philadelphia and New York, for a couple of years while the horn man was still in the great Miles Davis band. The story goes that Coltrane told Tyner to hold tight, that when he left Davis they would play together. The earliest recorded document is from the Jazz Gallery, also in 1960, but Tyner has stated that they had started playing together when he was only 17, which would have been 1955!

It is incredible to listen to these tracks in the context of Tyner's other work from 1960. While all of it is above-average hard bop, there is no denying that he simply plays and sounds somehow different when playing with Trane, even this early.
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