Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sonny Rollins - Way Out West

The timeless Way out West established Sonny Rollins as jazz's top tenor saxophonist (at least until John Coltrane surpassed him the following year). Joined by bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne, Rollins is heard at one of his peaks on such pieces as "I'm an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande)," his own "Way out West," "There Is No Greater Love," and "Come, Gone" (a fast stomp based on "After You've Gone"). The William Claxton photo of Rollins wearing Western gear (and holding his tenor) in the desert is also a classic.
Scott Yanow
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Sonny Rollins
Way Out West


1 I'm an Old Cowhand (From theRio Grande) (Mercer) 5:43
2 Solitude (DeLange, Ellington, Mills) 7:54
3 Come, Gone (Rollins) 7:54
4 Wagon Wheels (DeRose, Hill) 10:14
5 There Is No Greater Love (Jones, Symes) 5:18
6 Way Out West (Rollins) 6:33
7 I'm an Old Cowhand (From theRio Grande) (Mercer) 10:12
8 Come, Gone (Rollins) 10:32
9 Way Out West (Rollins) 6:39

Sonny Rollins - ts
Ray Brown - b
Shelly Manne - dr

Recorded at Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles ; March 7, 1957

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