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Sonny Red - Out of the Blue (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) LP
Sonny Red - Out of the Blue (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) LP

Out of the Blue (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) LP

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Sonny Red


The Detroit born alto saxophonist Sonny Red made only one album as a leader for Blue Note, but Out of the Blue remains a gem of the catalog deserving of much wider recognition. Red’s lightly swinging style shines on this 8-song set of bluesy originals and obscure standards, which was drawn from two different quartet sessions. The first session—recorded in December 1959 with Wynton Kelly on piano, Sam Joneson bass, and Roy Brooks on drums—yielded six of the album’s final cuts including the buoyant opener “Bluesville” and the stunning ballad “Stay As Sweet As You Are.” Red returned to the studio in January 1960 once again with Kelly on piano, but this time joined by Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums, a trio that was also Miles Davis’ rhythm section at the time having just recorded on Kind of Blue the year before. The album’s final two tracks feature this quartet on Red’s original “The Lope” and the ballad “Stairway to the Stars.”

Blue Note Records’ Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series is produced by Joe Harley and features all-analog, mastered-from-the-original-master-tape 180g audiophile vinyl reissues in deluxe gatefold packaging. Mastering is by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio), and vinyl is manufactured at Record Technology Incorporated (RTI).


A1. Bluesville
A2. Stay As Sweet As You Are
A3. I’ve Never Been In Love Before
A4. Nadia
A5. Blues In The Pocket
B1. Alone Too Long
B2. The Lope
B3. Stairway To The Stars