Sonny Rollins: The Very Best of Sonny Rollins [Prestige]

Audio Samples

>St. Thomas
>Pent-Up House
>In a Sentimental Mood
>I'm an Old Cowhand
>Someday I'll Find You
>There's No Business Like Show Business
>You Don't Know What Love Is
>Tenor Madness
>Last Time I Saw Paris, The
>I've Found a New Baby

Track List

>St. Thomas
>Pent-Up House
>In a Sentimental Mood
>I'm an Old Cowhand
>Someday I'll Find You
>There's No Business Like Show Business
>You Don't Know What Love Is
>Tenor Madness
>Last Time I Saw Paris, The
>I've Found a New Baby

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

A collection of the very best of the legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins' recordings. Newly compiled, this is a 'must-have' release for all jazz fans.

Sonny Rollins will go down in history as not only the single most enduring tenor saxophonist of the bebop and hard bop era, but also as the greatest contemporary jazz saxophonists of them all.

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Neil Tesser.

Recording information: Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, CA (02/27/1958); Contemporary's Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/27/1958); New York, NY (02/27/1958); Reeves Sound Studios, New York, NY (02/27/1958); Van Gelder studio, Hackensack, NJ (02/27/1958); WOR Recording Studios, New York, NY (02/27/1958); Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/1957); Contemporary's Studios, Los Angeles, CA (03/07/1957); New York, NY (03/07/1957); Reeves Sound Studios, New York, NY (03/07/1957); Van Gelder studio, Hackensack, NJ (03/07/1957); WOR Recording Studios, New York, NY (03/07/1957); Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, CA (03/22/1956); Contemporary's Studios, Los Angeles, CA (03/22/1956); New York, NY (03/22/1956); Reeves Sound Studios, New York, NY (03/22/1956); Van Gelder studio, Hackensack, NJ (03/22/1956); WOR Recording Studios, New York, NY (03/22/1956); Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, CA (05/24/1956); Contemporary's Studios, Los Angeles, CA (05/24/1956); New York, NY (05/24/1956); Reeves Sound Studios, New York, NY (05/24/1956); Van Gelder studio, Hackensack, NJ (05/24/1956); WOR Recording Studios, New York, NY (05/24/1956); Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, CA (06/19/1957); Contemporary's Studios, Los Angeles, CA (06/19/1957); New York, NY (06/19/1957); Reeves Sound Studios, New York, NY (06/19/1957); Van Gelder studio, Hackensack, NJ (06/19/1957); WOR Recording Studios, New York, NY (06/19/1957); Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, CA (06/22/1956); Contemporary's Studios, Los Angeles, CA (06/22/1956); New York, NY (06/22/1956); Reeves Sound Studios, New York, NY (06/22/1956); Van Gelder studio, Hackensack, NJ (06/22/1956); WOR Recording Studios, New York, NY (06/22/1956); Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, CA (10/07/1953); Contemporary's Studios, Los Angeles, CA (10/07/1953); New York, NY (10/07/1953); Reeves Sound Studios, New York, NY (10/07/1953); Van Gelder studio, Hackensack, NJ (10/07/1953); WOR Recording Studios, New York, NY (10/07/1953); Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, CA (10/20/1958-10/22/1958); Contemporary's Studios, Los Angeles, CA (10/20/1958-10/22/1958); New York, NY (10/20/1958-10/22/1958); Reeves Sound Studios, New York, NY (10/20/1958-10/22/1958); Van Gelder studio, Hackensack, NJ (10/20/1958-10/22/1958); WOR Recording Studios, New York, NY (10/20/1958-10/22/1958); Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, CA (12/02/1955); Contemporary's Studios, Los Angeles, CA (12/02/1955); New York, NY (12/02/1955); Reeves Sound Studios, New York, NY (12/02/1955); Van Gelder studio, Hackensack, NJ (12/02/1955); WOR Recording Studios, New York, NY (12/02/1955).

Sonny Rollins was easily one of the most important postwar jazz saxophonists, and if he wasn't as experimental and explorative as John Coltrane, say, he was every bit as influential, and in the mid-'50s, there wasn't a steadier player. This set features tracks Rollins recorded for the Prestige, Riverside, and Contemporary labels during this period, arguably the key years and tracks in Rollins' catalog, including "St. Thomas" (his signature version of the old West Indies folk tune "Fire Down There") and the curious but intriguing "I'm an Old Cowhand" (from the 1957 Way Out West album). ~ Steve Leggett



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