Friday, January 13, 2012

The last of the classic Sonny Rollins albums prior to his unexpected three-year retirement features the great tenor with pianist Hampton Hawes, guitarist Barney Kessel, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Shelly Manne (all bandleaders for Contemporary Records during this era) on an unusual but inspired list of standards. Rollins creates explorative and often witty improvisations on such songs as "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody," "You," "In the Chapel in the Moonlight," and roaring versions of "I've Found a New Baby" and "The Song Is You." Great music.
Scott Yanow
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Sonny Rollins
& the
"Contemporary Leaders"


1 I've Told Ev'ry Little Star (Hammerstein, Kern) 5:28
2 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody (Lewis, Schwartz, Young) 4:55
3 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis) 7:45
4 You (Adamson, Donaldson) 4:16
5 You [alternate take] Adamson, Donaldson) 4:17
6 I've Found a New Baby (Palmer, Williams) 3:40
7 I've Found a New Baby [alternate take] (Palmer, Williams) 4:25
8 Alone Together (Dietz, Schwartz) 6:01
9 In the Chapel in the Moonlight (Hill) 6:41
10 The Song Is You (Hammerstein, Kern) 5:44
11 The Song Is You [alternate take] (Hammerstein, Kern) 6:11

Sonny Rollins - ts
Barney Kessel - g
Hampton Hawes - p
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Shelly Manne - dr
Victor Feldman - vb [# 4 & 5]

Recorded in October 29-22, 1958, Los Angeles, California.

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