Dial S For Sonny – Sonny Clark
This 12-bar song with a stop-time head is not a blues. It's a classic example of Sonny Clark's writing—and of hard bop in general.
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- Recording: Sonny Clark - Dial "S" For Sonny
- Recorded on: July 21, 1957
- Label: Blue Note (BLP 1570)
- Concert Key: F minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Art Farmer
- Tenor Sax - Hank Mobley
- Trombone - Curtis Fuller
- Piano - Sonny Clark
- Bass - Wilbur Ware
- Drums - Louis Hayes
About the arrangement: Though there are three horns on the recording, there are only two horn parts; the trombone plays an octave below the trumpet throughout, including the sections where the tenor sax has a harmony part. There is a pedal point intro in the piano and bass, based on the head. After the out head, the bass finishes alone with an eight-measure line. All this is indicated in the Concert Condensed Score.
August 22, 1932 – January 14, 1963
A remarkable composer and pianist whose special touch and articulation makes him instantly recognizable at the piano, Sonny (Conrad Yeatis) Clark recorded so much on the Blue Note label that he was practically their in-house pianist. This hard-bop mainstay was particularly noteworthy for his virtuosic right hand lines. Read more...