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Sonny Red

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

UPC: 602435381893

Format: LP

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Personnel: Sonny Red (alto saxophone); Wynton Kelly (piano); Sam Jones, Paul Chambers (bass); Roy Brooks, Jimmy Cobb (drums).
This is part of Blue Note's Limited Edition Connoisseur series.
Sonny Red, a fine altoist inspired by Charlie Parker and Jackie McLean, never really made it in jazz, and some of his recordings are rather uninspired. However, that does not hold true for his Blue Note album, which has been reissued on this 1996 CD along with five previously unissued selections. Red, who is joined by pianist Wynton Kelly, either Sam Jones or Paul Chambers on bass, and either Roy Brooks or Jimmy Cobb on drums, never sounded better on records. He performs mostly little-known standards (along with six of his originals) and displays a fair amount of originality and a great deal of potential that was never really fulfilled. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow