Music in the Key of Clark

Music in the Key of Clark (subtitled Remembering Sonny Clark) is an album by pianist John Hicks which was recorded in 2001 and released on the HighNote label.[1] The album features seven compositions by Sonny Clark, one by Lou Donaldson which Clark recorded, and five by Hicks.

Music in the Key of Clark
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 22, 2002
RecordedMarch 18, 2001
Tedesco Studios, Paramus, NJ
HCD 7083
ProducerCecil Brooks III
John Hicks chronology
Beautiful Friendship
Music in the Key of Clark
Fatha's Day: An Earl Hines Songbook


Allmusic reviewed the album stating "Overall, the desired effect of such a brilliant release is to make one want to obtain earlier CDs by John Hicks and also to look for the original versions by Sonny Clark, if they aren't already in the listener's possession".[2] JazzTimes said "Music in the Key of Clark is not about imitation, however, but about tribute. Hicks calls attention to his predecessor's legacy with superb trio versions of pieces from Clark's huge output as a composer".[3]

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Track listing

All compositions by Sonny Clark except as indicated

  1. "Pocket Full of Blues" (John Hicks) - 7:07
  2. "My Conception (Prelude)" - 1:23
  3. "My Conception" - 6:42
  4. "Cable Car" - 4:39
  5. "Sonny's Ballad" - 4:10
  6. "Minor Meeting" (Lou Donaldson) - 4:39
  7. "I Deal" - 4:11
  8. "Sonny's Mood" - 3:51
  9. "Sonny's Crib" - 5:17
  10. "Angel With a Briefcase" (Hicks) - 3:47
  11. "Clark Bar Blues" (Hicks) - 7:34
  12. "Sonny Side Up" (Hicks) - 5:29
  13. "A Sonny Day" (Hicks) - 4:27



  • Cecil Brooks III - producer
  • David Baker - engineer


  1. John Hicks discography accessed February 25, 2015
  2. Dryden, K., Allmusic Review, accessed February 25, 2015
  3. Ramsey, D., JazzTimes Review, May 2002
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