Sonny Clark: Come Rain Or Come Shine


Come Rain Or Come Shine


Sonny Clark (piano)


Sonny's Crib (Blue Note 97367)

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Sonny Clark (piano), Donald Byrd (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Paul Chambers (bass), Art Taylor (drums).

Composed by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer


Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, September 1, 1957


Rating: 82/100 (learn more)

“Come Rain Or Come Shine” is usually played in ballad tempo, but it is not an ordinary ballad. Because of the intensity of the lyric, it demands that intensity, even when performed as an instrumental. Here, an extraordinary group of jazz all-stars plays the song in standard ballad fashion and they fail to extract the emotion that the song contains. Curtis Fuller’s opening trombone chorus is loving and tender, but Clark’s solo is self-consciously funky and fails to hold interest. John Coltrane is up next, and even such a master of intensity can’t bring this performance to life. Donald Byrd also brings intensity, but as with Coltrane, it seems that he cannot get away from the melody, but also can’t make the melody work for him. It’s hard to say how this performance could have been improved, but the ultra-slow tempo doesn’t help, and perhaps a double-time chorus for Coltrane might have provided the necessary sparks. At any rate, it is a disappointing conclusion to an otherwise exemplary album.

Reviewer: Thomas Cunniffe

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