Format: LP, Vinyl
‘My Conception’ was recorded on 29th March 1959 but not released until 1979. Of the six tracks, all Clark compositions, five appear as separate recordings elsewhere in his discography. The band is top draw with Art Blakey (drums) and Paul Chambers (bass) alongside the pianist in the rhythm section. Tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley and trumpeter Donald Byrd complete the quintet. The opening number ‘Junka’ is a sprightly piece of Hard Bop with both Mobley and Byrd in fluid form. Clark delivers an emphatic statement too over a solid rhythmic base. ‘Blues Blue’ has a steadier tempo and is a rough Blues with Chambers’ loping walking bass line at its foundation. The blistering ‘Minor Meeting’, a definitive Blue Note track, races along like an unstoppable juggernaut. Ertswhile Jazz Messengers, Blakey, Mobley and Byrd sound in their Hard Bop element. The slower ‘Royal Flush’ commences side two in bluesy if slightly staid fashion. The brash ‘Some Clark Bars’, the one composition unique to this set, is another up-tempo Hard Bop gem. In contrast the album’s closer ‘My Conception’ is a sombre lament that concludes a fine album from the talented, but oft overlooked piano maestro.