Sonny Fortune, sax
Michael Cochrane, piano
David Williams, bass
Steve Johns, drums
When critics speak of Sonny Fortune, names like Coltrane, Cannonball, Young, Bechet, Hawkins and Parker are mentioned. Quite a legacy - but well deserved - for Sonny Fortune embodies all of the finest qualities of those late, great musicians: hard work, dedication to his art, and exceptional music. Lucky for us, Sonny is still here and blowing hard.
After a brief stint with Elvin Jones and Frank Foster, Fortune, an early admirer of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Sonny Rollins, joined Mongo Santamaria's group, with whom he remained for over 2 years. Fortune worked with vocalist Leon Thomas before joining McCoy Tyner. During this period, in which Fortune started playing the soprano sax, he cemented an already solid reputation as an instrumental innovator with his contributions on Tyner's albums Sahara, Song For My Lady, and Song of the New World.
Fortune, now accomplished on several instruments (clarinet, flute, tenor and baritone sax included), joined Miles Davis for a year, recording four LPs, Big Fun, Agartha, Pangaea and Get Up With It. In addition to leading his own groups, Fortune has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin Jones, Oliver Nelson, George Benson, Nat Adderly and Buddy Rich, to name a few. Fortune cites John Coltrane as his main influence, comparing Coltrane’s importance to that of Fortune’s own father. Stereophile magazine described Fortune as "one of the most intriguing alto players in contemporary jazz."
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