Musical Interpretation: “Pent Up House” (Rollins)

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Subject:  classic jazz tunes Sometimes I think I should write more about the music and less about the etchings in the wax. Then I quickly return to my senses and poke the macro in closer, but to capture the thought, this post … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus (1956) Esquire

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Selection: Strode Rode (Esquire press from original Prestige metal (AB)) Artists Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone) Tommy Flanagan (piano) Doug Watkins (bass) Max Roach (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, June 22, 1956 Music: I guess there are may … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins: Plus Four (1956) Esquire

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Selection 1: Pent Up House Selection 2: Kiss and Run Artists: Clifford Brown (trumpet) Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone) Richie Powell (piano) George Morrow (bass) Max Roach (drums) recorded NYC, March 22, 1956 Music: The attraction (and high price) of this … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins: Tour de Force (1956) Esquire (updated)

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Selection: B Quick (Rollins) (Update: Bonus track –  featuring Earl Coleman vocals) My Ideal (Whiting) Artists: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone) Kenny Drew (piano) George Morrow (bass) Max Roach (drums) Earl Coleman (vocals) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, December 7, … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins: The Sound of Sonny (1957) UK Riverside

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  Selection 1: Mangoes   Selection 2: It could Happen to You (unaccompanied solo)   Artists Sonny Rollins (ts) Sonny Clark (p) Percy Heath/Paul Chambers  (b) Roy Haynes (d) recorded Reeves Sound Studios, NYC, June 11, 12 &19, 1957 Rollins 1957 … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins Newk’s Time (1957) Blue Note

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Selection 1: Asiatic Raes (Kenny Dorham) Selection 2: Tune Up (Miles Davis) Artists Sonny Rollins (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Doug Watkins (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, September 22, 1957 Year: 1957 Great Britain tests first … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins Way Out West (1957) Contemporary Vogue

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Track Selection 1: I’m an Old Cow Hand (Mercer) Selection 2: Solitude (Ellington) Artists Sonny Rollins (ts) Ray Brown (b) Shelly Manne (d) recorded Los Angeles, CA, March 7, 1957, engineer Roy duNann, produced by Lester Koenig. Selections: Rollins delighted in cheesy material … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins MJQ Perspectives 1951-3

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Selection 1: I Know (Miles Davis on  Piano) Selection 2: With a Song in my Heart Selection 3: This Love of Mine Artists Sonny Rollins (ts) Kenny Drew (p) Percy Heath (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded Apex Studios, NYC, December … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins Worktime (1955) Esquire

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Selected Track: Theres No Business Like Show Business That Irving Berlin song must be the most ironic and unlikely choice of title imaginable,  it must be Sonny having a laugh. Artists George Morrow (b) Max Roach (d) Ray Bryant (p); Sonny Rollins (ts) Recorded December 2, 1955, … Continue reading

Gillespie, Rollins, Stitt: “Sonny Side Up” (1957) Verve

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Track Selection: The Eternal Triangle (Stitt) Long and very fast (Podiatrist Advisory – foot-tap in moderation: do not exceed recommended number of taps per listening session) Artists Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet) Sonny Stitt (alto sax) Sonny Rollins (tenor sax) Ray Bryant (piano) Tommy Bryant (bass) … Continue reading

Sonny Rollins “Saxophone Colossus” (1956)

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Track Selection: “You Don’t Know What Love Is” > Artists Sonny Rollins (ts) Tommy Flanagan (p) Doug Watkins (b) Max Roach (d) Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, June 22, 1956 Music Though there are five excellent tracks … Continue reading

Sonny, tribute to Bird (UK Esquire,1956)

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Sonny Rollins “I’ve grown accustomed to your face“: Heading up town in search of Cecil Taylor recommendations, a call at a favourite small record store in Central London turned up an unexpected find. Their business is built on Japanese, American and European tourists enquiring after the usual … Continue reading