Behind The Session: “Bootin’ It”

Sonny Clark started his recording career in California, where he lived from 1951 to 1957. He arrived in NYC in April of 1957 and in June did three days of recording with Sonny Rollins. Four days after his last Rollins session he played in his first Blue Note session, as a sideman on a Hank Mobley date. A little less than a month later, he recorded his own Blue Note date, “Dial S For Sonny” which was his first official album as a leader. “Dial S For Sonny” features a horn section of Hank Mobley, Art Farmer and Curtis Fuller. Two weeks later, Curtis Fuller invited Sonny to join him for his Sunday Blue Note session in Rudy Van Gelder’s Hackensack living room. Sonny spent two more consecutive Sundays at Rudy’s playing on different Blue Note dates. He took one Sunday off before returning the following Sunday for his second Blue Note date as a leader, “Sonny’s Crib,” this time with John Coltrane in the front line along with Curtis Fuller and Donald Byrd. -Don Sickler

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