Oct 25, 2009

Sonny Fortune - In The Spirit Of John Coltrane

Sonny Fortune alto sax, soprano sax, tenor sax; John Hicks piano: Santi Debriano bass; Ronnie Burrage drums; Steve Berrios bata drums, Julio Collazo bata drums, Reggie Workman bass; Rashied Ali drums

barabara sounds sez:
Sonny Fortune continues to blow the gospel of the Jazz Church of St. JC well into the 21st century — and into his 70s.
This album (issued on Shanachie in 2000 but now seemingly OOP) doesn't match up to his 1970s very best, but you have to love his version of Olé and the final track is a great workout.
If you like this, pick up his 2005 album
Continuum, which IS in print, on his own label, Sound Reason.

amazon reviewer sez:
Perennially underrated saxophonist Sonny Fortune has worked with Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, and Elvin Jones. Not coincidentally, each of these musicians enjoyed a close relationship with Fortune's overriding musical influence, John Coltrane. In the Spirit consists mostly of originals by Fortune written under the influence of Trane. "Hangin' Out with J.C." borrows its chord structure from "Countdown" and "Moment's Notice," while the title track is a deep ballad reminiscent of "Dear Lord." Although he's best known as an alto saxophonist, Fortune also plays tenor and soprano here, distinguishing himself accordingly on each horn. He's accompanied by a topnotch rhythm section including John Hicks on piano, Santi Debriano on bass, and Ronnie Burrage on drums. On the last track, "For John," bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Rashied Ali lift off with Fortune on a visit to interstellar space. The spirit lives. -- Rick Mitchell


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tommythomaso said...

My first exposure to "Africa" came from Pat Martino's "Think Tank". Later came Fortune's version, a single I picked up from god knows where. I couldn't sleep until I got the original from Coltrane - all three cuts! I stitched the three cuts together using the the beginning and end of the first take and patching in the three McCoy Tyner solos in the middle for my unique, lengthy "Africa". Now jazz lovers in Moab will get a taste of Fortune's "Ole'" thanx to you, Barbara.

taro nombei said...

That sounds like a killer extended version of Africa.
thanks tt!