Saturday, August 17, 2013

Sonny Rollins - Work Time

Rollins and Roach also work off of each other to great effect on "Raincheck," trading fours on this imaginative selection from the from the Billy Strayhorn catalog. Even on the more relaxed tempo of "There Are Such Things," Rollins' exploration of the changes combines a classic tenor's warm breathy tone with a bebopper's determination to leave no possibility unconsidered. Pianist Ray Bryant's playing is also impeccable throughout. Coaxed out of seclusion in Chicago to replace Harold Land in the Clifford Brown/Max Roach quintet in 1954, this 1955 release was Rollins' first album as a leader since the conclusion of his first self-imposed sabbatical. Roach is on hand in the drummer's seat, spurring Rollins along every step of the way. Not that the tenorist needs much spurring--he comes flying out of the gate on the opening tune, "There's No Business Like Show Business" and doesn't let up for the duration of the session. He takes his first chorus on "Show Business" with only bassist George Morrow for support; when the drums come in he blows ferocious double-time before giving way to Roach's extremely musical solo.

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Sonny Rollins
Work Time


1 There's No Business Like Show Business (Berlin)  6:18
2 Paradox (Rollins)  4:59
3 Raincheck (Strayhorn)  6:01
4 There Are Such Things (Adams, Baer, Meyer)  9:28
5 It's All Right with Me (Porter)  6:05


Sonny Rollins - ts
Ray Bryant - p
George Morrow - b
Max Roach - dr

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey ; December 2, 1955


rebf942 said...

Many thanks for a nice clean replacement for my ancient lp copy.

greenishthing said...

this is a rare gem thanks a BUNCH!

аффтор said...

thanks a lot!
wonderful as always.

deGallo said...

Also an upgrade for me and a very appreciated one. Thank you.

cvllos said...

Melanchthon you surprise me with this funny cover, mainly with the title!
I didn't know about it.
Just wonderful! Thank you!

paolo said...

Have heard of this music but not heard it yet. Thanks for the chance.


neil said...

Once again thanks, mel, for an upgrade from my mp3s...

Wally said...

Thanks for posting. I was looking forward to this, but (in common with some others from this blog) I can't unpack it. Is there a password?

I've downloaded twice, tried both peazip and 7z but both ask for passwords.

CHeers, Wally

Melanchthon said...

The Jackal said...

Dear Mel,

You've filled much missed piece in the Rollins picture for me. Continuous grace to you.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

Frasco said...

Thank you very much Melanchthon, a stupendous post!

DJ Flipside said...

Thanks bro, much love.

rubberduck said...

Many thanks

fcapeau said...

I knew and love this association Rollins-Roach, and what to say about the two others guys : Ray an George plays at perfection.
The surprise is the sleeve ! Is it the original one ?? Many thanks, Mel