Sonny Rollins’ ‘Plus Four’

Sonny Rollins’ ‘Plus Four’ is an album (also titled ‘3 Giants!’) recorded March 22, 1956 with pianist Richie Powell and trumpeter Clifford Brown and released the same year by Prestige.

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Track Listing : 1.Valse Hot (Sonny Rollins) – 08:36 . 2.Kiss And Run (Sam Coslow) – 07:08 . 3.I Feel A Song Coming On (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy Mchugh, George Oppenheimer) – 05:13 . 4.Count Your Blessings (Instead Of Sheep) (Irving Berlin) – 02:30 . 5.Pent-Up House (Sonny Rollins) – 08:50

Musicians : Sonny Rollins – Tenor Saxophone . Clifford Brown – Trumpet . Max Roach – Drums . Richie Powell – Piano . George Morrow – Bass

Production : Produced By Bob Weinstock . Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer

Recorded On March 22, 1956 At Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey.

Released In 1956 By Prestige.

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All About Jazz
The now classic Rollins waltz ‘Valse Hot leads off the set with a determined exuberance that seems to flow effortlessly from one solo to another. Rollins’ solo is a potent mix of lengthy sixteenth-note runs and shorter motifs that he twists around and inverts in seemingly inexhaustible ways. Brown plows through this session like a high-speed Mack truck on a deadline […]

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Plus Four was recorded in the same time frame as Colossus (1956) and shows Rollins making it seem easy. Clocking in at a short 32 minutes and 25 seconds (pretty typical of records from back them), there is absolutely no filler here — making for one intense jazz experience. […]

jazzreview.com
The album, sadly, is much too short. Just when one is getting into the groove, the album abruptly ends (though excellently with ‘Pent-Up House’), about 30+ minutes in. Of course, this isn’t anyone’s fault, particularly, it’s just unfortunate that you can’t get just a bit more of Rollins and the boys. […]

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