Sonny Rollins’ ‘The Sound of Sonny’

Sonny Rollins’ ‘The Sound of Sonny’ is an album recorded on June 11, 12 & 19 1957 with Sonny Clark, Roy Haynes and Percy Heath or Paul Chambers and released the same year by Riverside.

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Track Listing : 1.The Last Time I Saw Paris (Oscar Hammerstein Ii, Jerome Kern) – 02:58 . 2.Just In Time (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne) – 03:59 . 3.Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye (Ernie Erdman, Ted Fio Rito, Gus Kahn, Robert A. King) – 04:25 . 4.What Is There To Say? (Vernon Duke, E.Y. Yip Harburg) – 04:56 . 5.Dearly Beloved (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer) – 03:05 . 6.Ev’Ry Time We Say Goodbye (Cole Porter) – 03:23 . 7.Cutie (Sonny Rollins) – 05:54 . 8.It Could Happen To You (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen ) – 03:47 . 9.Mangos (Dale Libby, Sid Wayne) – 05:34

Musicians : Sonny Rollins – Tenor Saxophone . Sonny Clark – Piano On (2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 9) . Percy Heath – Bass On (2 – 3 – 5 – 6 – 7) . Paul Chambers – Bass On (1 – 4) . Roy Haynes – Drums Except (8)

Production : Produced By Orrin Keepnews Jack Higgins – Engineer

Package : Paul Bacon – Cover Design . Orrin Keepnews – Liner Notes . Steve Rubie – Liner Notes . Paul Weller – Photography

Recorded On June 11, 12 & 19 1957 At A Studio In New York City.

Released In 1957 By Riverside.

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JazzTimes
Such moments make this album as historically important as it is enjoyable: while not the first Rollins album to rush out and buy, it still has plenty to recommend it, including the late-’50s charm of the relaxed pacing and the period-piece nature of the program (sort of Rollins For A Rainy Afternoon). […]

allmusic
Arguably, it is Rollins and Heath — the latter, incidentally, makes his East Coast debut on this album — who set the ambience for The Sound of Sonny. There is an instinctually pervasive nature as they weave into and back out of each others’ melody lines, only to emerge with a solo that liberates the structure of the mostly pop standards. […]

London Jazz Collector
Rollins seems to me a bit like Art Blakey – you think may be you have all the Blakey/ Rollins you need, do you really need another? Yes, you need reminding that, however good every other tenor player is, Rollins is one of the true masters., a yardstick against which to judge the contribution of others […]

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