Complete Capitol, Savoy and Blue Note Feature Recordings

Complete Capitol, Savoy and Blue Note Feature Recordings

by Sonny Rollins
     
 

This two-disc import set might be (unintentionally) misleading to some because Sonny Rollins is a sideman on all of these dates. Each of them comes from 1949, before he made his debut as a leader. The three groups showcased here are those of Babs Gonzales, J.J. Johnson, and Bud Powell. The most amazing thing is that Rollins was able to move from one band to another,… See more details below

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This two-disc import set might be (unintentionally) misleading to some because Sonny Rollins is a sideman on all of these dates. Each of them comes from 1949, before he made his debut as a leader. The three groups showcased here are those of Babs Gonzales, J.J. Johnson, and Bud Powell. The most amazing thing is that Rollins was able to move from one band to another, three in that year, as a full-time member, all in one year! The material with Powell (all of disc two) is more than satisfying because the pianist relied on the young saxophonist not only to hold his weight in the ensemble but to provide real blowing in his solos. With Johnson, the pair offered brilliant harmonic interplay in the bebop canon, and with Gonzales, one can here in Rollins' solos his confidence begin to grow to the point where other instruments begin to fall back with each successive tune. While this is for Rollins collectors only, it is a fine collection focusing on the most developmental stage of his career.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2004
Label:
Definitive Spain
UPC:
0822165124328
catalogNumber:
11243

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sonny Rollins   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Babs Gonzales   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Fats Navarro   Trumpet
Bud Powell   Piano
Julius Watkins   Flugelhorn
Linton Garner   Piano
Tommy Potter   Bass
Don Redman   Alto Saxophone
Gene Ramey   Bass
Bennie Green   Trombone
Roy Haynes   Drums
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Arthur Phipps   Bass
Shadow Wilson   Drums
Bruce Lawrence   Bass
Albert Socarras   Flute
John Richard Lewis   Piano
James P. Johnson & His Orchestra   Guest Appearance
Babs Gonzales & His Orchestra   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Babs Gonzales   Composer
Bud Powell   Composer
Sonny Rollins   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
J.J. Johnson   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Eric Mills   Liner Notes

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