23 May 2008

Friday Album Cover: Cool Struttin'

Sonny Clark
Cool Struttin'

It's back to Blue Note this week for the Friday album cover with Sonny Clark's Cool Struttin'. Recorded in 1958, it is a notable example of the hard bop style prevalent during the mid-1950s, and also epitomizes the "Blue Note Sound." Hard Bop was clearly the most danceable style of postwar jazz, as evident in its popularity in ghetto jukeboxes between the mid-fifties and mid-sixties. The legs on this cover aptly display the feeling Clark imparts on the album: cool, swinging, and stylish.

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