Monday, September 19, 2016

Sonny Rollins - On Impulse ! / There'll Never be Another You

Sonny Rollins at Impulse in the mid 60s & late 70s – 2 great albums in a single set ! Sonny Rollins On Impulse ! is tremendous — one of his most sharp-edged sessions of the mid 60s, and a bold departure from some of his previous work for RCA ! The album has a crackling sense of energy that more than lives up to the exclamation point in the title — a starker quality than some of Sonny's earlier records, and one that brings out some sharper tones in his horn, even on the mellower numbers. The rhythm support is loose, but somewhat soulful and spontaneous — and features Ray Bryant on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums — an unusual pairing for Sonny, but that's what makes them so great. In a way, the album's almost Rollins' equivalent of John Coltrane's earlier Ballads album for Impulse — in that it includes familiar tunes, but remade into completely new numbers by the sound of the leader. Titles include "Green Dolphin Street", "Everything Happens To Me", "Three Little Words", and "Hold Em Joe". There Will Never Be Another you is a great lost chapter in his career — material recorded live at MOMA in 1965, but unissued until this brief package in the late 70s ! The work is right up there with Rollins' best for RCA at the time, and almost feels a bit like his live Village Vanguard material from Blue Note – freewheeling, open, and with that continuously creative style that marks his solo talents at their best ! The group's a quartet — with Tommy Flanagan on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and either Billy Higgins or Mickey Roker on drums — and tracks are longish, and have that arch mix of modern and traditional modes that we always appreciate in Rollins. Titles include "On Green Dolphin Street", "To A Wild Rose", "Three Little Words", and "There Will Never Be Another You".
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Sonny Rollins
On Impulse !
There Will Never Be Another You


1 On Green Dolphin Street (Kaper, Washington)  7:11
2 Everything Happens to Me (Adair, Dennis)  11:18
3 Hold 'Em Joe (Thomas)  5:31
4 Blue Room (Hart, Rodgers)  3:45
5 Three Little Words (Kalmar, Ruby)  6:57
6 On Green Dolphin Street (Kaper, Washington)  7:22
7 Three Little Words (Kalmar, Ruby)  9:13
8 Mademoiselle de Paris (Contet, Durand, Maschwitz, Parish)  1:47
9 To a Wild Rose (MacDowell)  5:54
10 There Will Never Be Another You (Gordon, Warren)  16:40


[# 1-5]
Sonny Rollins - ts
Ray Bryant - p
Walter Booker - b
Mickey Roker - dr
Recorded at Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; July 8, 1965
[# 6-10]
Sonny Rollins - ts
Tommy Flanagan - p
Bob Cranshaw - b
Billy Higgins, Mickey Roker - dr
Recorded live, Museum of Modern Art, New York City ; June 17, 1965

This LP features Sonny Rollins and a quintet (pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Bob Cranshaw and both Billy Higgins and Mickey Roker on drums) playing an outdoor concert in the rain. Rollins was in a strolling mood and he wanders all over the stage which means that he is off-mike much of the time. His playing on these five standards (which includes a 16-minute version of the title tune) is fine, but the erratic recording quality makes this one of the lesser Rollins albums.
Scott Yanow

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LaroSwing said...

Thank you!

Frasco said...

Thank you very much again, Melanchthon!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Mel. Despite what Scott Yanow says, this is not one of the "lesser" Rollins albums at all, as I remember, it beats "On Impulse" by a mile. True, he often steps off-mic, but he always did that in live performance and in the age before clip-on microphones this is an accurate reflection of what it sounded like.

In "Open Sky," Eric Nisenson's great little biography of Rollins, I seem to remember that he was neither consulted on the release of the orignal Impulse album nor paid for it. So that's apparently why he blocked the reissue for so long.

rm said...

thank you very much

Kneigh said...

As always, many thanx Melanchthon!! Somehow I missed these on their original release. Glad to see them available again!!

Erberken said...

Thank you for the lovely post. I am having a problem opening the files. i used the pw and opened the links to see the selections. However, when i try downloading each separate track, I'm told the password is incorrect. Could you help me please. i would love to hear this music again. Thanks.

Peter said...

Erberken ... Mel may answer more authoritatively, but as Joe Public, I dont' know what you're doing to have that problem. PWs are generally used after DL, to unzp the files. Are you doing this?

Thx Mel!

Peter said...

"Anonymous": I have found it is generally safe to assume Mr Yanow has cotton wool between the ears.

He gives some details of content. Judgments are not his strong point.

Erberken said...

Melanchthon and Peter. Thank you. I had some computer issues.

jazztap said...


Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon - didn't have Another You.

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you.

kingpossum said...

Thank you. I've always put Dan Morgenstern in that same bucket with Yanow: details and info--okay; interpretation and judgments--trust your ears, not his.

Angelo said...


Kovina Kris said...

Great to get some new Sonny Rollins. One of the greatest for sure. Thank you!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You