Thursday, 7 March 2013

Sonny Red

Large swaths Blue Note's legendary back catalogue were re-issued as part of a deal with EMI in the mid-1980's. The label's roster seemed an endless parade of wonderfulness to me. Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Jimmy Smith, the list went on and on and working in a record shop, I was in the fortunate position of having the access to sample many of the gems on offer.

A lesser known LP that I discovered sandwiched among the jazz giants in the reissue programme, was 'Out of the Blue' by saxophonist Sonny Red. Originally issued in 1960, it features Miles Davis alumni Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb and Paul Chambers among the backing musicians. Biographical details are scarce, but later in the 1960's Sonny played extensively as a sideman for trumpeter Donald Byrd and eventually drifted into obscurity after releasing a final, self-titled, LP in 1971.

Sonny Red passed away 32 years ago this month and 'Out of the Blue' was his only Blue Note LP as a band leader. Here's the very cool 'Bluesville'.

5 comments:

Kolley Kibber said...

I have a sudden urge to mix myself a very dry Martini.

Singing Bear said...

Ah, Blue Note. Arguably the coolest of all record labels. I've not heard of Sonny Red, though. Good tune.

The Swede said...

Sounds like a plan Kolley!

SB. It's a very nice album and has subsequently been re-issued on CD. I'd recommend it if you happen to come across a copy at a good price.

Old Pa's Corner said...

Yo can'not deny the class!

The Swede said...

Glad you enjoyed it Old Pa, I wasn't sure it'd be up your street!

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