Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sonny Red - Red, Blue & Green

Sonny Stitt and Sonny Criss weren't the only Sonnys who had a Charlie Parker-influenced tone on the alto sax. There was also Sonny Red, whose sound is best described as a combination of Bird and Jackie McLean. But unlike Parker and McLean, Red was a follower instead of a leader. The Detroit native wasn't as daring or imaginative as McLean became in the late 1950s; nor was he as forceful or aggressive. And unlike Stitt -- who was also a follower instead of a leader -- he never became a huge name in the jazz world. Nonetheless, Red was a likable, pleasing soloist who made some worthwhile recordings for Blue Note and Jazzland. Released in late 2000, this CD draws on two albums that Orrin Keepnews produced for Jazzland in 1961: The Mode and Images. Some of the material is straight bebop (including "Dodge City," the Bird-like "Blues for Donna," and an interpretation of "Moon River," which movie buffs will forever associate with Audrey Hepburn's performance in Breakfast at Tiffany's), and some of it is modal post-bop. At times, Red's modal compositions sound like variations of well known standards -- "Images" brings to mind "Speak Low," while "The Mode" is obviously based on "Out of This World." The title Red, Blue & Green refers to the fact that two of Red's sidemen on this CD are trumpeter Blue Mitchell and guitarist Grant Green, both of whom deliver some inspired solos. Unlike those heavyweights, Red didn't fully live up to his potential. But he had his moments, and this album is an enjoyable disc that should please fans of hard-swinging acoustic jazz.
Alex Henderson

Source :

Sonny Red
Red, Blue & Green


1 Moon River (Mancini, Mercer) 6:08
2 I Like the Likes of You (Duke, Harburg) 4:19
3 Super-20 (Red) 5:32
4 Bye Bye Blues (Bennett, Bennett, Gray, Hamm) 4:30
5 The Mode (Red) 8:51
6 Never, Never Land (Comden, Green, Styne) 6:31
7 Ko-Kee (Red) 4:12
8 Images (Red) 6:25
9 Blues for Donna (Red) 4:44
10 Dodge City (Red) 5:16
11 Blue Sonny (Red) 8:29
12 The Rhythm Thing (Red) 5:06
13 Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (Hart, Rodgers) 5:41

[# 1, 3 & 5]
Sonny Red - as
Grant Green - g
Barry Harris - p
George Tucker - b
Jimmy Cobb - dr
[# 2, 4, 6 & 7]
Sonny Red - as
Cedar Walton - p
George Tucker - b
Jimmy Cobb - dr
[# 8-13]
Sonny Red - as
Blue Mitchell - tp [# 8-10 only]
Grant Green - g [# 8-10 only]
Barry Harris - p
George Tucker - b
Lex Humphries, Jimmy Cobb [# 11-13 only] - dr

Recorded May 29, 1961 [# 2, 4, 6 & 7] ; June 25, 1961 [# 8-10] ; & December 14,1961 [# 1, 3, 5, 11-13]


yewsta said...

Excellent album - thanks for the upgrade

J said...

Looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Otis Foster said...

New to my collection - thnx Mel

GuitarGus said...

Thanks Mel

I had this as an ogg file so this is an appreciated upgrade


Orbyt said...

New to me. Thank you Mel!

rubberduck said...

Thanks Mel . I was looking for this CD for almost 3 years- not available in my country.

Thanks for your incredible work

greenishthing said...

sweeet! I just read about this and now I can listen to it - thanks a bunch

Melanchthon said...

vsense said...

What wonderful stuff,


Bull Oney said...

Links all unavailable. FYI and thank you!