Sonny Rollins with the Modern Jazz Quartet

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Included here are some of Sonny Rollins' earliest sessions as a bandleader. These are among the fresh and vibrant baker's dozen of selections on Sonny Rollins With the Modern Jazz Quartet 1953. The title is a bit misleading though, since the MJQ -- with John Lewis piano, Milt Jackson vibes, Percy Heath bass, and Kenny Clarke drums -- is only accounted for during the first four sides. There is a playful and energetic tone that ricochets from Jackson's fluid vibes, landing firmly in Rollins' musical court. One prime example of this interaction is heard throughout the solos on the opening track, "Stopper." Similarly, "Almost Like Falling in Love" bops, weaves, and swings ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Included here are some of Sonny Rollins' earliest sessions as a bandleader. These are among the fresh and vibrant baker's dozen of selections on Sonny Rollins With the Modern Jazz Quartet 1953. The title is a bit misleading though, since the MJQ -- with John Lewis piano, Milt Jackson vibes, Percy Heath bass, and Kenny Clarke drums -- is only accounted for during the first four sides. There is a playful and energetic tone that ricochets from Jackson's fluid vibes, landing firmly in Rollins' musical court. One prime example of this interaction is heard throughout the solos on the opening track, "Stopper." Similarly, "Almost Like Falling in Love" bops, weaves, and swings throughout, with some expressive contributions via Lewis, effectively linking Rollins' and Jackson's solos. "No Moe," which stands as one of the best originals on the disc, also bears their undeniable connection. Another not-to-be-missed reading is the sultry "In a Sentimental Mood." Here, Rollins spirals mature and ethereal lines against Jackson's resonant intonation and shimmer. If just for these tunes, Sonny Rollins With the Modern Jazz Quartet is a vital component in any jazz enthusiasts' collection. The rest of the disc is performed by Rollins and a quartet that also includes the talents of Kenny Drew piano, the MJQ's Percy Heath bass, and the main Jazz Messenger, Art Blakey drums. On the original tune "Scoops," Blakey's hardball antics provide well-placed sonic interjections, punctuating Rollins' highly infectious melodic sense. While on the subject of catchy tunes, all ears should be directed to the biblically derived title "Shadrack," which had been a signature piece for Louis Armstrong. This early incarnation of the Sonny Rollins Quartet has rarely sounded as cohesive, as they collectively percolate with their definitive execution. Of particular note is the inclusion of Miles Davis' "I Know." This extension of Charlie Parker's "Confirmation" features Davis on piano accompanying Rollins with solid chord progressions, allowing the burgeoning player to lead his first-ever quartet with Heath and Roy Haynes drums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Ojc
  • UPC: 025218111126
  • Catalog Number: 11
  • Sales rank: 79,179

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Stopper (2:59)
  2. 2 Almost Like Being in Love (3:26)
  3. 3 No Moe (3:32)
  4. 4 In a Sentimental Mood (3:20)
  5. 5 Scoops (2:16)
  6. 6 With a Song in My Heart (3:08)
  7. 7 Newk's Fadeaway (3:15)
  8. 8 Time on My Hands (2:42)
  9. 9 This Love of Mine (2:26)
  10. 10 Shadrack (2:35)
  11. 11 On a Slow Boat to China (2:41)
  12. 12 Mambo Bounce (2:25)
  13. 13 I Know (2:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sonny Rollins Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Miles Davis Piano
Kenny Drew Piano
Milt Jackson Vibes
John Lewis Piano
The Modern Jazz Quartet Track Performer
Percy Heath Bass
Art Blakey Drums
Kenny Clarke Drums
Roy Haynes Drums
John G. Lewis Piano
Technical Credits
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
Joe Tarantino Mastering
Robert MacGimsey Composer
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