Sonny's Crib

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Sonny's Crib
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Studio album by Sonny Clark
Released Mid March 1958[1]
Recorded September 1, 1957
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
Genre Hard bop
Length 44:18
Label Blue Note
BLP 1576
Producer Alfred Lion
Sonny Clark chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]

Sonny's Crib is an album by jazz pianist Sonny Clark recorded for the Blue Note label. It features Donald Byrd, Curtis Fuller, John Coltrane, Paul Chambers, and Art Taylor.[3] The first half of the album comprises three jazz standards, while the second half contains two original compositions by Clark. The album is often compared to Coltrane's Blue Train, recorded a fortnight later which features Fuller and Chambers, as the epitome of the Blue Note sound in the late 1950s.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Sonny's Crib was awarded 3½ stars by Thom Jurek in an Allmusic review which stated "Sonny's Crib is a phenomenal recording, one that opened the door to hard bop becoming the norm in the late '50s, and one that drew deft, imaginative performances from all its players".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sonny Clark except as indicated
  1. "With a Song in My Heart" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) - 7:54
  2. "Speak Low" (Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash) - 6:50
  3. "Come Rain or Come Shine" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) - 7:29
  4. "Sonny's Crib" - 13:31
  5. "News for Lulu" - 8:34
  6. "With a Song in My Heart" [alternate take] (Rodgers) - 8:47 Bonus track on CD
  7. "Speak Low" [alternate take] (Weill, Nash) - 6:57 Bonus track on CD
  8. "Sonny's Crib" [alternate take] - 9:56 Bonus track on CD




  1. ^ Billboard Mar 31, 1958
  2. ^ Allmusic Review
  3. ^ Sonny Clark discography accessed December 21, 2009.
  4. ^ Thompson, Reid (Dec 1, 2001). "Sonny Clark: Sonny's Crib". All About Jazz. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed December 21, 2009.