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Sonny Rollins – Moving Out (1956/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sonny Rollins – Moving Out (1956/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 31:39 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Digital Booklet | © Prestige

Moving Out is an album by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, his second for the Prestige label. Recorded in the summer of 1954 but not issued until 1956, most of the songs on this album feature Sonny Rollins and trumpeter Kenny Dorham on the front line, with pianist Elmo Hope, bassist Percy Heath and drummer Art Blakey. The final track, More Than You Know, comes from a different session a few months later with Rollins as the only horn player, backed by Thelonious Monk on piano, bassist Tommy Potter and drummer Art Taylor.

The collaborations between Sonny Rollins and any given trumpet player were few and far between, but they did include such notables as Miles Davis, Don Cherry, Clifford Brown, and in this case, his first tandem partnership with Kenny Dorham. At the time, both of them were also members of the Max Roach Quintet, and thus quite familiar with each other’s strengths. Add to the mix drummer Art Blakey, bassist Percy Heath, and emerging modern jazz pianist Elmo Hope, and this shapes up to be one of the more potent combos of 1954. It’s pretty straightforward music featuring Rollins, with little involvement from Dorham except solos. The fast title track, based on the changes of “Donna Lee” or “Indiana,” has the briefest melody line before Rollins leaps into eighth-note madness, while the very fleet “Swingin’ for Bumsy” does the same, repeating the slimmest phrase three times. An all-time classic, “Solid” does have the two horns together, playing an established, bluesy unison thought, a beauty in economy, while the obligatory ballad “Silk ‘n’ Satin” is all Rollins wrapped in a fabric of sheen and softness. There’s one track that features an entirely different band for some reason, as “More Than You Know” encompasses a full 11 minutes of this program, which in total is just shy of 32 minutes. This unmistakable melody is enveloped by Rollins and Thelonious Monk, with bassist Tommy Potter and drummer Art Taylor in support for a tune that is unlike the others in style and texture. Moving Out contains some fine music, especially for the time period. ~~ AllMusic Review by Michael G. Nastos

01 – Moving Out
02 – Swingin’ For Bumsy
03 – Silk ‘N’ Satin
04 – Solid
05 – More Than You Know

Recorded on August 18, 1954 (first four tracks), and October 25 (“More Than You Know”).

Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
Kenny Dorham – trumpet
Elmo Hope – piano
Percy Heath – bass
Art Blakey – drums
Thelonious Monk – piano on “More Than You Know”
Tommy Potter – bass on “More Than You Know”
Art Taylor – drums on “More Than You Know”


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