Best of Sonny Rollins [Prestige]

Best of Sonny Rollins [Prestige]

by Sonny Rollins
     
 

It's easy to look at the titles of a number of jazz musicians' albums from the 1950s and wonder to oneself: were these guys egotistical? Tenor Sonny Rollins, for instance, named one album Saxophone Colossus and another Tour de Force. While one might blush at the lack of modesty, it's still difficult to argue about theSee more details below

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It's easy to look at the titles of a number of jazz musicians' albums from the 1950s and wonder to oneself: were these guys egotistical? Tenor Sonny Rollins, for instance, named one album Saxophone Colossus and another Tour de Force. While one might blush at the lack of modesty, it's still difficult to argue about the results. Rollins, as he appears on The Best of Sonny Rollins, simply is a colossus and the music he makes is a tour de force. The album collects tracks from Rollins' work on Prestige during the early- to mid-'50s, some of the most exciting work he has ever laid down on tape. He's joined by other giants including fellow tenor John Coltrane, trumpeter Clifford Brown, and pianist Tommy Flanagan for a solid set list. Pieces are drawn from the above mentioned albums ("St. Thomas" and "My Ideal" respectively), and offer a good representation of Rollins' work during this time. There's a forceful take on "It's All Right With Me," featuring pianist Ray Bryant, bassist George Morrow, and drummer Max Roach, and a lovely version of Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood" with pianist John Lewis, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Kenny Clarke. The album ends on a high point with an extended version of "Tenor Madness," a title befitting the headlining of two of jazz's best tenors, Rollins and Coltrane. The Best of Sonny Rollins may not collect all of the tenor's best work, but it's a grand place to start for new fans.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2007
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0025218350327
catalogNumber:
5002990

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sonny Rollins   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Clifford Brown   Trumpet
Ray Bryant   Piano
Earl Coleman   Vocals
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Red Garland   Piano
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Max Roach   Drums
Doug Watkins   Bass
Tommy Potter   Bass
Percy Heath   Bass
Art Blakey   Drums
Kenny Clarke   Drums
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone
Thelonious Monk   Piano
George Morrow   Bass
Richie Powell   Piano
John Richard Lewis   Piano

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
Sonny Rollins   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Tom Dowd   Engineer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Doug Hawkins   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Newell Chase   Composer
George Oppenheimer   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer

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