For this StLJN Audio Archive post, we feature Clark After Dark: The Ballad Artistry of Clark Terry, a 1970s session featuring the legendary trumpeter and St. Louis native Clark Terry. It's available online as a free download thanks to the blog Magic Purple Sunshine, which collects and presents out-of-print recordings originally issued on the old MPS label from Germany.
Clark After Dark was recorded in London in September, 1977 and, as the title suggests, features Terry playing flugelhorn over orchestral arrangements of mostly familiar ballads. The program includes "Misty," "Nature Boy," "Georgia On My Mind," "November Song," "Clark After Dark," "Willow Weep For Me," "Yesterdays," "Emily," "Angel Eyes" and "Girl Talk." Besides Terry, the only other musician identified individually is conductor Nat Peck, who's also credited with playing piano, despite being best known as a trombonist.
To download a free copy of Clark After Dark, go here and go to the first comment underneath the post to find the URLs for the download, which comes in two parts from Rapdishare.
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