Sonny Clark Memorial Quartetとは、John Zornがリーダーの Wayne Horvitz, Ray Drummond, Bobby Previteらメンバーによる大真面目なハードバップ・カルテット。同様にハードバップを取り上げた"News for Lulu"とは違い、楽器の編成まで含めてオリジナルを忠実に再現。しかもそれでいて、今を生きるZORNの演奏であることは一聴して明確に分かり、単に50年代のジャズ全盛期をなぞっているのではないところが素晴らしい。原曲のスピリットを現代に蘇らせた、Sonny Clark作品への愛情が感じられる隠れた名演です。
Amazon.com deserves thanks for reissuing this fine CD. The original release is hard to find and expensive. I've always loved Sonny Clark's bluesy piano, and the Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet (Wayne Horvitz, piano; John Zorn, alto; Bobbie Previte, drums; and Ray Drummond, bass) does a fine job interpreting seven of Clark's compositions while introducing original touches of their own.
As usual with CD-R reissues commissioned by Amazon.com, we get the sound content but none of the original -- or any other -- liner notes. I guess reprint rights to the liner notes requires a separate payment. The Amazon CD-R sounds fine, and you can read more about the recording in Robert Palmer's article, "The Pop Life: Recalling Sonny Clark," originally published in the New York Times (March 18, 1987) and available online from the New York Times Archive.
5つ星のうち5.0A fine set for Sonny Clark fans with some interesting twists
2013年11月23日 - (Amazon.com)
A fitting memorial to the great Sonny Clark. A contemporary interpretation of his music done extremely well with some interesting twists. John Zorn largely contains his wilder impulses and sticks to the melodies, which, in my view, is more appropriate given the original material. A fine set for Sonny Clark fans.
Sonny Clark recorded a streak of good albums for Blue Note between 1957 and 1962, before dying in 1963. The Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet is John Zorn on alto, Wayne Horvitz on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, and Bobby Previte on drums. Zorn and Horvitz have especially secure avant-garde bona fides, but this 1986 CD is mostly a throwback. There are a few modern touches (fewer than, for example, Ken Vandermark's Joe Harriott tribute, "Straight Lines"), but this disc wouldn't be too out of place in an earlier era. I rate music as comparably good as a 50's or 60's Blue Note. A more adventerous tribute could have found a way to improve on the originals, but that's not what the Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet did. The novelty of hearing John Zorn play straight jazz gives this disc a leg up over buying another old one, so I recommend it.
Pianist Sonny Clark's work is pretty much unknown in the collective consciousness-- I have to admit that before learning of this record, I was only vaguely familiar with him. But this record is a tribute to him, theoretically led by pianist Wayne Horvitz. Featured on alto sax is John Zorn, and like any other recording he plays on, his voice tends to be the dominant one. The two are joined by bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Bobby Previte. The recording isn't quite what you'd expect from this ensemble, indeed, they stay pretty inside, keeping roughly to the hard bop vein in which Clark expressed himself.
Mind you, Zorn does cut loose a bit here and there-- check his soloing on "Minor Meeting" and then trading fours with Previte later in that song for some examples of fierce Zorn soloing, but largely things stay inside. Zorn's sound in fact is odd, a bit tinny and thin, not at all like much of the playing he's done. The performance on this disc is superb and these guys clearly have been playing together for a while by this point-- its quite interesting to hear them so far out of their usual context (which is to say, playing straight).
Its kind of an oddity of a recording, but certainly for fans of Zorn, its well worth checking out. Recommended.