Sonny Rollins records ‘Tour de Force’ with Kenny Drew, George Morrow, Max Roach and Earl Coleman (1957)

Sonny Rollins ‘ ‘Tour de Force’ is an album recorded on December 7, 1956 with Kenny Drew, George Morrow, Max Roach and vocals by Earl Coleman on two tracks and released in 1957 By Prestige.

Track Listing : 1.Ee-Ah (Sonny Rollins) – 06:52 . 2.B. Quick (Sonny Rollins) – 09:13 . 3.Two Different Worlds (Al Frisch, Sid Wayne) – 07:37 . 4.B. Swift (Sonny Rollins) – 05:15 . 5.My Ideal (Newell Chase, Leo Robin, Richard A. Whiting) – 04:21

Musicians : Sonny Rollins – Tenor Saxophone . Kenny Drew – Piano . George Morrow – Bass . Max Roach – Drums . Earl Coleman – Vocals On (3 – 5)

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

Package : Ira Gitler – Liner Notes

Recorded On December 7, 1956 At Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey.

Released In 1957 By Prestige.

(Source Sonny Rollins – Tour de Force | Official Site)


With pianist Kenny Drew, bassist George Morrow and drummer Max Roach completing the quartet, Rollins was in consistently creative form during this prime period but the overall set is not as classic as …. […]

magical pig @ Sax on the Web Forum
anyone have this album? Do you know what Sonny took before the session? I mean, he’s playing like a nutcase, crazy stuff, on top of the time etc.!!!! And some of the tunes on this album must be the fastest I’ve ever listened to […]

boywiththorninside @ RateYourMusic
My favorite tracks are the two that feature Earl Coleman on vocals: “Two Different Worlds” and “My Ideal.” I would like to have heard Rollins do a whole album in this vein, like Coltrane and Hartman later did. […]


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