Sonny Red – Out Of The Blue


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. (allmusic)

Personnel: Sonny Red (alto saxophone); Paul Chambers (bass); Sam Jones (bass); Jimmy Cobb (drums); Roy Brooks (drums); Wynton Kelly (piano).


01. Bluesville
02. Stay As Sweet As You Are
03. I’ve Been In Love Before
04. Nadia
05. Blues In The Pocket
06. Alone Too Long
07. The Lope
08. Stairway To The Stars
09. Crystal
10. Lost April
11. You’re Sensational
12. Blues For Kokee
13. You’re Driving Me Crazy

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4 Responses to “Sonny Red – Out Of The Blue”

  1. The Swede says:

    A tremendous ‘lost’ album and long-time favourite of mine. Highly recommended indeed!

    Thanks for posting.

  2. Barry Hunt says:

    Generally regarded as a competent but middling saxophonist, Sonny Red seemed to get lost in the washout of the 1960s but this is first-rate stuff. Thank you!

  3. bassethound says:

    Thanks, actually a lost gem.

  4. Bernaldo says:

    Vive Jimmy Cobb, tient bon caché dans la beauce!! héhé Merci


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