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 Jones on 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."
The Blue Note Tone Poet Series was born out of Blue Note President Don Was' admiration for the exceptional audiophile Blue Note LP reissues presented by Music Matters. Was brought Joe Harley (from Music Matters), a.k.a. the "Tone Poet," on board to curate and supervise a series of reissues from the Blue Note family of labels
Extreme attention to detail has been paid to getting these right in every conceivable way, from the jacket graphics and printing quality to superior LP mastering (direct from the master tapes) by Kevin Gray to superb 180 gm audiophile LP pressings by Record Technology Inc. Every aspect of these Blue Note/Tone Poet releases is done to the highest possible standard. It means that you will never find a superior version. This is IT.
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).
- All-Analog 180g Vinyl
- Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series
- Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
- Mastered From Original Master Tapes
- Produced by Joe Harley
- Pressed at RTI
- Deluxe Gatefold Packaging
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- Stay As Sweet As You Are
- I've Never Been In Love Before
- Blues In The Pocket
- Alone Too Long
- The Lope
- Stairway To The Stars