Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sonny Rollins and the Big Brass

Big Brass is an appropiate name for the large ensemble arranged and conducted by Ernie Wilkins that accompanies the huge sound of Sonny Rollins. The energy within the leader's gospel-flavored shout "Grand Street" is considerable, while a swinging but no less powerful version of George & Ira Gershwin's "Who Cares" features a choice solo by guitarist René Thomas. Also added to this compilation are trio recordings with bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Specs Wright, including a brilliant leisurely stroll through "Manhattan," along with Rollins' tour de force unaccompanied tenor sax on "Body and Soul." Another bonus is the presence of four tracks recorded at the Music Inn with three-quarters of the Modern Jazz Quartet (without Milt Jackson) ; an easygoing version of Rollins' well-known "Doxy" and a tense "Limehouse Blues" are especially noteworthy. The alternate endings to "Grand Street" from the mono version of the original LP and a later reissue LP are included only for the most fanatic completists.
Ken Dryden

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Sonny Rollins
and the
Big Brass


1 Grand Street (Rollins)  6:04
2 Far Out East (Wilkins)  4:31
3 Who Cares ? (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:56
4 Love Is a Simple Thing (Carroll, Siegel)  3:01
5 What's My Name ? (Saxon, Wells)  3:46
6 If You Were the Only Girl in the World (Ayer, Grey)  5:08
7 Manhattan (Hart, Rodgers)  4:28
8 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  4:17
9 Doxy (Rollins)  7:58
10 Limehouse Blues (Braham, Furber)  6:32
11 I'll Follow My Secret Heart (Coward)  5:31
12 You Are Too Beautiful (Hart, Rodgers)  6:07
13 Grand Street [Mono LP Ending] (Rollins)  1:09
14 Grand Street [Verve LP Ending] (Rollins)  1:08


[# 1-4, 13 & & 14]
Nat Adderley - crt
Billy Byers, Jimmy Cleveland, Frank Rehak - tb
Don Butterflied - tb
Reunald Jones, Ernie Royal, Clark terry - tuba
Dick Katz - p
René Thomas - g
Henry Grimes - b
Roy Haynes - dr
Recorded at Metropolitan Studios, New York City ; July 11, 1958
[# 5-7]
Henry Grimes - b
Specs Wright - dr
[# 8]
Sonny Rollins - unaccompanied ts
Recorded at Beltone Studios, New York City ; July 10, 1958
[# 9-12]
John Lewis - p
Percy Heath - b
Connie Kay - dr
[# 11, omit Lewis]
Recorded at Music Inn, Lenox, Massachustetts ; August 3, 1958


Lexman said...

Never heard this one, thanks!!

Pernath said...

Thanks Baruch, great post!!!

CrunchyFrog said...

A Sonny Rollins I have never heard! Thanks to Baruch!!

duck said...

Baruch, an update to an essential album. thanks again

Frasco said...

Merci bien, Baruch

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel. Great album from Sonny with René.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel

kioku said...

Thank you !

Gaetano Bevilacqua said...


deGallo said...

Yes, and with Rene Thomas!! Marvelous! Thank you.

DEEP said...

I have the original but I can't get these Zippys to work here in the Colonies. No biggie.

Gil said...

Merci beaucoup.

Blue Eyes said...

Fabulous post! thanks a lot Mel for this verve master edition with the master René! (pronunciation: r uh - N AI if you omit the acute accent on "e" this makes r uh - N UH...awful!)

Historicus said...

Thanks a lot!!!

AmyBRAINS said...


Kovina Kris said...

FYI - expired file on this one. Thought you might like to know.

Melanchthon said...

Starchild said...

Looking forward to it. Many thanks Mel!

musician3 said...

EXCELLENT.........................THANK YOU VERY MUCH

Kovina Kris said...

Really happy to see this one come back around. Thank you so much Mel!

Dr. Clysmok said...

Marvelous. Thank you.

sandor essedy said...

many thanks!!