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Best of the Complete RCA Victor Recordings
     

The Best of the Complete RCA Victor Recordings

by Sonny Rollins
 

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The single-disc Sonny Rollins collection The Best of the Complete RCA Victor Recordings pares down the most essential tracks from the exhaustive six-disc box set The Complete RCA Victor Recordings. Generally considered to be one of Rollins' most surprising periods, the RCA recordings featured here were recorded by the legendary jazz saxophonist between

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The single-disc Sonny Rollins collection The Best of the Complete RCA Victor Recordings pares down the most essential tracks from the exhaustive six-disc box set The Complete RCA Victor Recordings. Generally considered to be one of Rollins' most surprising periods, the RCA recordings featured here were recorded by the legendary jazz saxophonist between 1962 and 1964. Featured here are recordings from 1962's The Bridge, What's New?, and Our Man in Jazz; 1963's Sonny Meets Hawk!; and 1964's Now's the Time and The Standard Sonny Rollins. This period came on the heels of Rollins' return to performing after his self-imposed three-year hiatus beginning in 1959. During that time, Rollins worked intensely to further develop his playing, famously using the Williamsburg Bridge as his private practice space. Although his comeback album, 1962's The Bridge, didn't immediately reveal a huge musical transformation (he essentially sounded like the Sonny of old), his "sabbatical" was clearly a creatively rejuvenating one that prefigured his move into ever more avant-garde territory by the end of the '60s. Ultimately, these albums showcase a more subtle revolution in which Rollins, ever the journeyman, his ear turned to the free jazz horizon, digs even deeper into muscular, motivic improvisation, danceable rhythms, and, as always, his warm, robust tenor sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/07/2000
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266363520
catalogNumber:
63635

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Performance Credits

Sonny Rollins   Primary Artist
Paul Bley   Piano
Ron Carter   Bass
Don Cherry   Trumpet
Henry Grimes   Bass
Jim Hall   Guitar
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Billy Higgins   Drums
Thad Jones   Cornet
Stu Martin   Drums
Willie Rodriguez   Percussion
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Cranshaw   Bass
David Izenzon   Cymbals
Ben Riley   Drums
Frank Charles   Percussion
Roy McCurdy   Drums
Mickey Roker   Drums
Teddy Smith   Bass
Dennis Charles   Percussion

Technical Credits

Sonny Rollins   Composer
Loren Schoenberg   Liner Notes
Jimmy Mundy   Composer
Trummy Young   Composer
George Avakian   Producer
Steve Backer   Executive Producer
Orrin Keepnews   Reissue Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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