Sunnyside 25th Anniversary

Sunnyside 25th Anniversary


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Sunnyside 25th Anniversary

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2007
Label: Sunnyside
UPC: 0016728116022
catalogNumber: 1160

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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