Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Sound of Sonny Rollins

A new phase in Sonny Rollins' career began in 1957. He started what was at the time an almost blasphemous trend of recording for a number of different labels. His pioneering spirit yielded a few genre-defining albums, including this disc. His performances were also at a peak during 1957 as Down Beat magazine proclaimed him the Critics' Poll winner under the category of "New Star" of the tenor saxophone. This newfound freedom can be heard throughout the innovations on The Sound of Sonny. Not only are Rollins' fluid solos reaching newly obtained zeniths of melodic brilliance, but he has also begun experimenting with alterations in the personnel from tune to tune. Most evident on this platter is "The Last Time I Saw Paris" -- which is piano-less -- and most stunning of all is Rollins' unaccompanied tenor solo performance on "It Could Happen to You." Indeed, this rendering of the Jimmy Van Heusen standard is the highlight of the disc. That isn't to say that the interaction between Sonny Clark (piano), Roy Haynes (drums), and bassists Percy Heath and Paul Chambers -- who is featured on "The Last Time I Saw Paris" and "What Is There to Say" -- is not top-shelf. Arguably, it is Rollins and Heath -- the latter, incidentally, makes his East Coast debut on this album -- who set the ambience for The Sound of Sonny. There is an instinctually pervasive nature as they weave into and back out of each others' melody lines, only to emerge with a solo that liberates the structure of the mostly pop standards. This is a key component in understanding the multiplicities beginning to surface in Rollins' highly underappreciated smooth bop style.
Lindsay Planer

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Sonny Rollins
The Sound of Sonny


1 The Last Time I Saw Paris (Hammerstein II, Kern)  2:58
2 Just in Time (Comden / Adolph Green / Jule Styne)  3:59
3 Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye (Erdman, Kahn, King, Rito)  4:25
4 What Is There to Say ? (Duke, Harburg)  4:56
5 Dearly Beloved (Kern, Mercer)  3:05
6 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (Porter)  3:23
7 Cutie (Hefti, Styne)  5:54
8 It Could Happen to You (Burke, Van Heusen)  3:47
9 Mangos (Libby, Wayne)  5:34
10 Funky Hotel Blues (Rollins)  6:00

Sonny Rollins - ts
Sonny Clark - p
Paul Chambers - b [# 1, 4 & 10]
Percy Heath - b [other selections]
Roy Haynes - dr

Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York City ; June 11, 12 & 19, 1957


Melanchthon said...

CrunchyFrog said...

Awesome share - thanks a million!

deGallo said...

Thank you for Sonny Rollins.

neil said...

Seems like I've been living with mp3s of this forever; many thanks for the upgrade, mel...

Chris said...

Great share Mel, Got the disc well recommended. Sonny's tone is amazing.

adakun said...

Siempre formidable Sonny Rollins. Gracias Mel

Blue Eyes said...

A must have for sure! (Sonny Rollins, Sonny Clark, Paul Chambers, Percy Heath and Roy Haynes are monsters!!) thank you very much Melanchthon!

rog said...

Thanks Mel for this excellent Sonny album !