The Very Best of Sonny Rollins [Prestige]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Sonny Rollins was easily one of the most important postwar jazz saxophonists, and if he wasn't as experimental and explorative as John Coltrane, say, he was every bit as influential, and in the mid-'50s, there wasn't a steadier player. This set features tracks Rollins recorded for the Prestige, Riverside, and Contemporary labels during this period, arguably the key years and tracks in Rollins' catalog, including "St. Thomas" his signature version of the old West Indies folk tune "Fire Down There" and the curious but intriguing "I'm an Old Cowhand" from the 1957 Way Out West album.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Sonny Rollins was easily one of the most important postwar jazz saxophonists, and if he wasn't as experimental and explorative as John Coltrane, say, he was every bit as influential, and in the mid-'50s, there wasn't a steadier player. This set features tracks Rollins recorded for the Prestige, Riverside, and Contemporary labels during this period, arguably the key years and tracks in Rollins' catalog, including "St. Thomas" his signature version of the old West Indies folk tune "Fire Down There" and the curious but intriguing "I'm an Old Cowhand" from the 1957 Way Out West album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2012
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072337541
  • Catalog Number: 33754
  • Sales rank: 147,712

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sonny Rollins Primary Artist
Clifford Brown Trumpet
Ray Bryant Piano
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Red Garland Piano
Milt Jackson Vibes
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Barney Kessel Guitar
John Lewis Piano
Shelly Manne Drums
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Max Roach Drums
Doug Watkins Bass
Percy Heath Bass
Ray Brown Bass
Paul Chambers Bass
Kenny Clarke Drums
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Hampton Hawes Piano
Roy Haynes Drums
George Morrow Bass
Leroy Vinnegar Bass
Richie Powell Piano
Sonny Clarke Piano
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Sonny Rollins Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Noël Coward Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Greg Allen Art Direction
Gene DePaul Composer
Roy DuNann Engineer
Duke Ellington Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Jack Higgins Engineer
Orrin Keepnews Producer
Lester Koenig Producer
Manny Kurtz Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Jack Palmer Composer
Don Raye Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Neil Tesser Liner Notes
Joe Tarantino Mastering
Burt Goldblatt Cover Photo
Sam Morse Engineer
Bill Grauer Jr. Producer
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