Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Sonny Rollins & the "Contemporary Leaders"

Sonny Rollins's career "out West" in California was, at the time this session was recorded, confined mainly to playing live. He'd done one outstanding record with a California-based band (Out West) but found time to cut some tunes with Hampton Hawes, Leroy Vinnegar, Barney Kessel, and Shelly Manne. As Contemporary Records-founder Lester Koenig remarks in the liner notes, Rollins characteristically unpacked a massive sheaf of music from which to pull tunes for the session. Like Out West, the tunes are at least idiosyncratic. When's the last time a postbop pioneer played anything like "Rock-a-Bye Baby with a Dixie Melody" ? And the guitar-bass-sax trio on "I've Found a New Baby" slides off pristinely with its walking bass line, sharp strums, and Rollins's array of tongue effects and wafting tone that comes off its floating plateau to pounce on the melody repeatedly. Rollins sounds enthralled to be in this company, playing big-bodied lines and fluid loops. This is exceptional Rollins, plain and simple.
Andrew Bartlett

Source : http://www.amazon.com/Sonny-Rollins-Contemporary-Leaders/
dp/B000000YIX


Sonny Rollins
& the
"Contemporary Leaders"

Tracks

1 I've Told Ev'ry Little Star (Hammerstein, Kern)  5:28
2 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody (Lewis, Schwartz, Young)  4:55
3 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis)  7:45
4 You (Adamson, Donaldson)  4:16
5 I've Found a New Baby (Palmer, Williams)  3:40
6 Alone Together (Dietz, Schwartz)  6:01
7 In the Chapel in the Moonlight (Hill)  6:41
8 The Song Is You (Hammerstein, Kern)  5:44
9 You [alt. take] Adamson, Donaldson)  4:17
10 I've Found a New Baby [alt. take] (Palmer, Williams)  4:25
11 The Song Is You [alt. take] (Hammerstein, Kern)  6:11

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Personnel
Sonny Rollins - ts
Barney Kessel - g
Hampton Hawes - p
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Shelly Manne - dr
Victor Feldman - vb [# 4 & 9]

Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; October 20-22, 1958

29 comments:

L.O.L. said...

thx

Davidscott789 said...

Gracias!

theblueamos said...

GREAT! all the best from jerusalem

LaroSwing said...

A super lineup for this record i didn't have... Thank you melanchthon!

swamielmo said...

thanks melanchthon. bonne annee

nlrp said...

many, many thanks. greetings from Lisboa.

stringbender said...

Another fabulous post! Merci bien at bonne annee!

Blue Eyes said...

Great post Mel, un must pour tous les fans de Barney et de Sonny Rollins!

es125 said...

Sonny Rollins
Cool stuff, Thanks Mel

kike said...

Thanks Mel for Sonny. Sounds great.

Kovina Kris said...

Excellent! Thank you Mel!

deGallo said...

I don't know how I could have possibly missed this the first time what with Barney Kessel along? But, got it now. Thank you.

creation25 said...

missed it, hope it will be re-uploaded sometimes in the future, thanks Mel.

creation25 said...

RS link works. Thank you, Mel!

jazzcat1228 said...

Excellent! Thank you, Mel!

jm said...

Fascinating! Thank you, as so often.

AmyBRAINS said...

Nice album ad nice upgrade to me.
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

jazzyjohnny said...

Thanks for this, Mr. M.

kristophermc28 said...

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Cristian Villegas said...

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Tom Billisson said...

Thank you so much, Mel.

Mike said...

One of my very favorites. It will be great to have it on a computer playlist! Thanks a lot.

sandor essedy said...

thanks Mel for this Rollins.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi,
Thanks you very much Mel
Pedro

Brush&Stick said...

Thank you!

ritzbird said...

Most appreciated. Many thanks.