Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sonny Rollins - RCA Victor Recordings (1962-1964)

This six-CD set has all of tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins' recordings for RCA, including the complete contents of The Bridge, What's New, Our Man In Jazz, Sonny Meets Hawk, Now's the Time, and The Standard Sonny Rollins, the three selections originally included in the sampler Three in Jazz, and 11 alternate takes only previously released on the French album Alternates. Less well-known than Rollins' earlier Prestige and Riverside records and slightly later Impulse albums, his output for RCA was recorded right after the great tenor came back from an extended sabbatical. The music on The Bridge (with guitarist Jim Hall) is the most famous of these dates. Rollins became increasingly interested in the avant-garde during the era, and he used two of Ornette Coleman's sidemen (trumpeter Don Cherry and drummer Billy Higgins) in his group for a period. On Sonny Meets Hawk, Rollins challenged his idol Coleman Hawkins by playing as outside as possible (Hawkins responded well). Other musicians heard on these recordings include bassists Bob Cranshaw, Ron Carter, and Henry Grimes, drummers Ben Riley and Mickey Roker, pianists Paul Bley and Herbie Hancock, and (on a couple of numbers) cornetist Thad Jones. However, Rollins is the main star throughout the adventurous and sometimes eccentric performances, coming up with many remarkable ideas, often rollicking with a pianoless rhythm section and in two cases taking duets with the congas of Candido. Serious Rollins collectors will have to have this valuable set, although since most of the selections have also been reissued on individual CDs, more casual jazz fans may be satisfied with one or two of the smaller reissues.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Sonny Rollins
The Complete
RCA Victor Recordings


Cd. 1

1 Without a Song (Eliscu, Rose, Youmans)  7:24
2 Where Are You ? (Adamson, McHugh)  5:07
3 John S. (Rollins)  7:41
4 The Bridge (Rollins)  5:57
5 God Bless the Child (Holiday, Herzog, Jr.)  7:25
6 You Do Something to Me (Porter)  6:45
7 Don't Stop the Carnival (Rollins, Trad.)  6:06
8 If Ever I Would Leave You (Lerner, Loewe)  12:02


Cd. 2

1 Jungoso (Rollins)  10:52
2 Bluesongo (Rollins)  4:40
3 The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (Bernier, Brainin)  9:10
4 Brown Skin Girl (Span)  6:45
5 52nd Street Theme (Monk)  14:39
6 Four (Davis)  7:51


Cd. 3

1 Oleo (Rollins)  25:22
2 Dearly Beloved (Kern, Mercer)  8:19
3 Doxy (Rollins)  15:15
4 You Are My Lucky Star (Brown, Freed)  3:44
5 I Could Write a Book (Hart, Rodgers)  3:14
6 There Will Never Be Another You (Gordon, Warren)  5:42


Cd. 4

1 Yesterdays (Harbach, Kern)  6:10
2 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein II, Kern)  9:32
3 Summertime (Gershwin, Gershwin, Heyward)  5:56
4 Just Friends (Klenner , Lewis)  4:38
5 Lover Man (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman)  8:52
6 At McKie's (Rollins)  7:01
7 Now's the Time (Parker)  4:01
8 Blue 'N' Boogie (Gillespie, Paparelli)  5:29
9 I Remember Clifford (Golson)  2:33
10 52nd Street Theme (Monk)  4:30


Cd. 5

1 St. Thomas (Rollins)  3:55
2 'Round Midnight (Hanighen, Monk, Williams)  3:59
3 Afternoon in Paris (Lewis)  2:43
4 Four (Davis)  7:12
5 I Remember Clifford [take 8 - alt.] (Golson)  6:03
6 St. Thomas [take 8 - alt.] (Rollins)  3:04
7 Django [take 8 - alt.] (Lewis)  5:22
8 Afternoon in Paris [take 12 - alt.] (Lewis)  3:00
9 Now's the Time [take 3 - alt.] (Parker)  15:51
10 Four [take A - alt.] (Davis)  5:51


Cd. 6

1 Autumn Nocturne (Gannon, Myrow)  2:59
2 Night and Day (Porter)  3:17
3 Love Letters (Heyman, Young)  3:27
4 My One and Only Love (Mellin, Wood)  5:59
5 Three Little Words (Kalmar, Ruby)  2:14
6 Trav'lin' Light (Mercer, Mundy, Young)  4:06
7 I'll Be Seeing You (Fain, Kahal)  1:36
8 My Ship (Gershwin, Weill)  4:11
9 It Could Happen to You (Burke, VanHeusen)  4:19
10 Long Ago (And Far Away) (Gershwin, Kern)  2:47
11 Winter Wonderland (Bernard, Smith)  5:18
12 When You Wish upon a Star (Harline, Washington)  3:16
13 Trav'lin' Light [alt. take] (Mercer, Mundy, Young)  12:44


Featuring Coleman Hawkins, Jim Hall, Stu Martin, Don Cherry, David Izenson, Bob Cranshaw, Ron Carter, Henry Grimes, Billy Higgins, Ben Riley, Roy McCurdy, Mickey Roker, Paul Bley, Herbie Hancock, Thad Jones, Candido, etc.

Recorded between January 30, 1962 & July 2, 1964

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cvllos said...

Great pack, Melanchthon!
Thank you for this oportunity, for your effort & excelent taste as always!!!

estravagario said...

GREAT ! Thank you Melanchthon!

ruperberger said...

Thank you Mel!

Chris said...

Another great gift thanks Mel

Toad said...

Fantastic! thanks

Adrian said...

Thanks a lot for the upgrade.
It took me two days to adjust the scans....

Luiz Arruda said...

Thanks...fantastic post!

grumpy said...

A terrific post. I have all the original albums on vinyl but how wonderful to have all the sessions complete. Many thanks.

jazzcat1228 said...

Great share, Mel! Thank you for this excellent Sonny Rollins box set.

Gaetano Bevilacqua said...

Thank you, Melanchthon

Tom+Jerry said...

EPIC! Many thanks.

AmyBRAINS said...

It's really a GREAT POST!!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

roberth said...

thanks Melanchthon
i temporarily misplaced my copy of sonny meets hawk. which i consider
one of the ten,twenty or so jazz masterpieces of the 1960's. so thanks rather than spending all night searching for my copy i available myself of yr download. thank u so much

doctorsientetebien said...

Extraordinario. Muchas gracias.
Que gran Blog!!!

Antonio said...

Can you repost the albums please? You are The Boss!!!
Thank you

Starchild said...

Yes, please do mel!

Melanchthon said...

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Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Dagoberto Paz said...

Excellent post. Thanks Melanchthon

Kovina Kris said...

Super Rollins post. Nice mixture of upgrade and new stuff for me. Thank you Mel!

Sandflyer said...

This is magnificent poop. Even though I lived for many years with the conviction that The Bridge is a Jim Hall album :-)
But that is how I found out about the existence of Jim Hall.
Many thanks

sandor essedy said...

a great big one, many thanks for this colossus work!

Fred Archtop said...

Fabulous post. Thank you Mel.

AlanE49 said...

Thank you, Mel. Great post.

Jose Luis Kanarek said...

A million GRACIAS!

Geoviki said...

Holy cow, what an awesome post. Thank you so much.

j cline said...

After the hiatus - This Sonny Rollins comes up with the head file [1] as corrupt. Perhaps something risky going on? Philipp Melanchthon, original name Philipp Schwartzerd - perhaps the file is 'schwartzerd' aka black listed?