Friday, March 11, 2016

Sonny Rollins, vol. 1

After several incredible dates for Prestige, Rollins moved over to Blue Note to cut a series of studio and live recordings ; while not as groundbreaking as his earlier work, the albums still stand out among the many hard bop releases of the day. Upon listening to this, his fine debut for the label, not to mention classics like Saxophone Colossus and Sonny Rollins Plus Four, one almost takes for granted the tenor giant's ability to reel off a nonstop flow of breathtaking solo lines while keeping an overall thematic structure intact. And even though it's not as classic sounding as other Blue Note titles like Vol. 2 or Newk's Time, Sonny Rollins, Vol. 1 will satisfy Rollins fans comfortable with a mostly loose and free-flowing set ; the hard-swinging originals "Bluesnote" and "Sonnysphere" certainly fit the bill, while the loping blues "Decision" and easy swinger "Plain Jane" up the ante with fetching head statements. Topping things off, Rollins includes one of his singular Broadway song interpretations with the Finian's Rainbow ballad "How Are Things in Glocca Mora." Figuring prominently in the proceedings are veteran bassist Gene Ramey, longtime drummer Max Roach, and then up-and-coming hard bop stars trumpeter Donald Byrd and pianist Wynton Kelly. Maybe not a first-choice disc for Rollins newcomers, but certainly an essential title down the line. [Sonny Rollins, Vol. 1 was reissued in 2003, newly remastered in 24-bit, as part of Blue Note's acclaimed Rudy VanGelder reissue series.]
Stephen Cook

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Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
Vol. 1


1 Decision  8:00
2 Bluesnote  6:58
3 How Are Things in Glocca Morra ? ( Harburg, Lane)  6:17
4 Plain Jane  9:56
5 Sonnysphere  9:34

All Compositions by Sonny Rollins
unless otherwise noted


Donald Byrd - tp
Sonny Rollins - ts
Wynton Kelly - p
Gene Ramey - b
Max Roach - dr

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey ; December 16, 1956



I love your much great music!!

I have two questions

1. What is the password?
2. Do you happen to have The Dean Beniditti Recordings of Charlie Parker?

Thanks in Advanced

trombonecholli said...

This is Mel's blog, so ask him for the pw.
Anyway here's the Benedetti torrent, I hope I do nothing wrong with publishing it:

rm said...

merci beaucoup

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks a lot

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you for the upgrade one this great album as well, Mel!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Celsohare said...

Thanks a lot, Mel for share those treasures !

Chris said...

Thanks Mel as a Sonny fan I appreciate these earlier recordings

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much Mel! I'm always on the lookout for Sonny Rollins stuff and this looks great.

FrankDell said...

merci, Mel

Dominic Bugatto said...

Please send the PW , thanks in advance.

Melanchthon said...

Historicus said...

Unus pro multis!

deGallo said...

Great! Thank you.

Fred Archtop said...

Thank you Mel.

Rodney said...

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Pee said...

Thanks for these Sonny Rollin's gems, Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

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