Sonny Clark's final recording as a leader gives no hint as to his increasingly erratic lifestyle (he passed away in January 1963). Heading a quintet with trumpeter Tommy Turrentine, tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse, bassist Butch Warren, and drummer Billy Higgins, Clark introduces such originals as the modestly titled "Somethin' Special," "Melody for C," and "Voodoo"; "Deep in a Dream" was the date's only standard. The CD reissue adds Clark's formerly unknown "Zellmar's Delight" and the alternate of "Melody for C" to the original six-song program. The music is high-quality hard bop and keeps Clark's record perfect. During his shortened life, every one of the albums that he led were excellent.
Personnel: Sonny Clark (piano); Ike Quebec, Charlie Rouse (tenor saxophone); Tommy Turrentine (trumpet); Butch Warren (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).
01 Somethin' Special
02 Deep in a Dream
03 Melody for C
04 Melody for C (Alternate Take)
05 Eric Walks
07 Midnight Mambo
08 Zellmar's Delight