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For over four decades saxophonist and flautist Sonny Fortune has been a champion for both the love of jazz as well as freedom to play as he chooses. His freedom allowed him to form Sound Reason Records in which Sonny has had a good run in producing, releasing, and marketing his own music for well over a decade. His current release "Last Night at Sweet Rhythm" is a real testament that Sonny's musicianship gets better with time.
The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native didn't start off studying nor listening to jazz music. In fact, he began singing doo-wop groups and felt he was going to sing for a living. Sonny had a alto saxophone and began playing and practicing the instrument for a couple hours a day. From there he began to take the instrument seriously from advice from the legendary saxophonist and fellow native Philadelphian Odean Pope. Also, Sonny heard saxophonist John Coltrane's "My Favorite Things" and it was then he wanted to become a professional musician. Sonny played with other young and budding musicians that would become music heavyweights like pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Reggie Workman.
In the late 1960's Sonny left Philly and moved to New York City where he played and backed the likes of Elvin Jones, Mongo Santamaria, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, and George Benson. In 1974 he released his critically-acclaimed debut "Long Before Our Mothers Cried"on the indie Strata-East label. While he was signed with Blue Note Records during the 1990's, he released three recordings: "Four In One," "A Better Understanding," and ""From Now On" that were hailed by many critics as some of his best work of his career. Sonny has re-released the recordings on his own Sound Reason Records imprint so fans can revisit these masterpiece recordings.
Sonny tours frequently and also teaches masters classes. For more information or to order his CD's please visit him online at www.sonnyfortune.com.
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