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Sunnyside 25th Anniversary

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Sunnyside Records was founded in 1982 by ex-IBM employee Francois Zalacain, who names Jean-Jacques Pussiau and his Owl record label as major inspirations. Zalacain pinpoints the inception of Sunnyside to a duo album he recorded for Harold Danko and Rufus Reid in 1982, followed by albums for Kirk Lightsey, Lee Konitz and hundreds since. Zalacain proudly states that he operates what he calls "a relaxed independent label" with "an acceptance of any jazz style" and "no binding contracts" as well as "no specific mission." What stands out when you look through Sunnyside's extensive catalog is the diversity of styles and nationalities. Certainly the dominant mode on Sunnyside ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Sunnyside Records was founded in 1982 by ex-IBM employee Francois Zalacain, who names Jean-Jacques Pussiau and his Owl record label as major inspirations. Zalacain pinpoints the inception of Sunnyside to a duo album he recorded for Harold Danko and Rufus Reid in 1982, followed by albums for Kirk Lightsey, Lee Konitz and hundreds since. Zalacain proudly states that he operates what he calls "a relaxed independent label" with "an acceptance of any jazz style" and "no binding contracts" as well as "no specific mission." What stands out when you look through Sunnyside's extensive catalog is the diversity of styles and nationalities. Certainly the dominant mode on Sunnyside 25th Anniversary album is contemporary jazz by gifted improvisers like Lee Konitz, Eddie Higgins, Rufus Reid, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Billy Pierce and Fred Hersch, along with various European musicians who often do not show up on the cultural radar in the United States of America. But there is also a marvelous vocal performance by Grammy nominated Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza, and an invigorating Latin jazz workout by Jerry Gonzalez. A truly representative sampler of Sunnyside's range of styles and genres would require several discs, for Zalacain has issued recordings by Clifton Chenier, Furry Lewis, the Wild Magnolias, Memphis Slim and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. The label's roster also contains the names of Charles Mingus, Astor Piazzolla, Oregon, Enrico Rava, Jimmy Giuffre, Stéphane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt, Nina Simone, Martial Solal, Steve Lacy, Roswell Rudd, Tony Scott, Bob Mintzer, Paquito D'Rivera, Famoudou Don Moye, Gil Evans, Paul Motian, Avishai Cohen, Red Mitchell, Chris Potter, Ron Blake and the divine vocalist Jeanne Lee. This little 25th Anniversary taste barely begins to cover the magnitude and depth of Sunnyside Records. But it's a good way to get acquainted.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2007
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • UPC: 016728116022
  • Catalog Number: 1160
  • Sales rank: 374,283

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Impaler - Jeff "Tain" Watts (5:42)
  2. 2 Witch Hunt - Harold Danko (5:49)
  3. 3 Bye Ya - Jerry Gonzalez (6:48)
  4. 4 Alter Ego - James Williams (6:49)
  5. 5 The Night Has a Thousand Eyes - Lee Konitz (4:54)
  6. 6 Playground for the Birds - Donald Brown (6:59)
  7. 7 Armageddon - Glenn Wilson (6:38)
  8. 8 Listen Little Girl - Meredith d'Ambrosio (4:28)
  9. 9 Blue in Green - Fred Hersch (4:55)
  10. 10 It's the Strangest Thing (4:03)
  11. 11 Softly as in the Morning Sunrise - Billy Pierce (4:49)
  12. 12 Face on the Barroom Floor (3:47)
  13. 13 I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face (5:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Jackleg Patrol - Geoff Keezer (7:45)
  2. 2 Beautiful Love - Steve Nelson (6:32)
  3. 3 Andorinha - Armen Donelian (5:52)
  4. 4 Fall (3:12)
  5. 5 All of You - Marc Copland (6:46)
  6. 6 Goodbye (5:18)
  7. 7 The Other One (4:47)
  8. 8 Falling Grace - Kenny Werner (7:32)
  9. 9 Inside White - Deidre Rodman (4:36)
  10. 10 Baião Medley (5:26)
  11. 11 Kevin's Waltz - Eddie Higgins (5:47)
  12. 12 No Name Tune (4:24)
  13. 13 Samsara (5:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Belden Tenor Saxophone
Donald Brown Piano
Jay Clayton Vocals
Meredith d'Ambrosio Vocals
Ray Drummond Bass
Charles Fambrough Bass
Laszlo Gardony Piano
Billy Hart Drums
Fred Hersch Piano
Hank Jones Piano
Geoff Keezer Piano
Kenny Kirkland Piano
Lee Konitz Alto Saxophone
Harold Land Tenor Saxophone
Kirk Lightsey Piano
Gary Peacock Bass
Rufus Reid Bass
Rory Stuart Electric Guitar
James Williams Piano
Harold Danko Piano
Armen Donelian Piano
Joey Baron Drums
Jeff "Tain" Watts Drums
Terence Blanchard Trumpet
Marc Copland Piano
Kevin Eubanks Guitar
Jamey Haddad Drums
Charlie Haden Bass
Ratzo Harris Bass
Roy Haynes Drums
Eddie Higgins Piano
Jay Leonhart Bass
John Lockwood Bass
Tom Rainey Drums
Rob Bargad Piano
Michael Leonhart Trumpet, Keyboards
Steve Nelson Quartet Vibes
Guillermo Klein Piano
Billie Pierce Soprano Saxophone
Carolyn Leonhart Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Belden Arranger, Composer
Michael Leonhart Arranger, Composer
Guillermo Klein Arranger, Composer
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