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Sonny Rollins – Way Out West (1957/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sonny Rollins – Way Out West (1957/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 43:28 minutes | 1,5 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Artwork: Front Cover | © Concord Records

Recorded and released in 1957, this groundbreaking jazz-country album features Sonny Rollins accompanied by Ray Brown on bass and drummer Shelly Manne, with no pianist. Rollins chose cover songs and wrote originals that captured his love of the Western movies he grew up watching, with their themes of independence and self-sufficiency.

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Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins – Thelonious Monk And Sonny Rollins (1956/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins – Thelonious Monk And Sonny Rollins (1956/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 34:04 inutes | 338 | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: November 13, 1953 at WOR Studios, New York, NY; September 22 & October 25, 1954 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Thelonious Monk’s years as a Prestige recording artist (1952-1954) were tough times for the legendary composer/pianist. Unable to work in New York clubs due to the unjust loss of his cabaret card, and misunderstood when not ignored by listeners as well as many musicians, Monk’s profile was sustained primarily by his appearances as both leader and sideman on a series of Prestige sessions released in the then-new LP format.

The present collection, which samples three of those sessions, appeared as critics and fans were beginning to catch up to Monk’s singular genius and remains one of the best introductions to his iconoclastic brilliance. Three tracks feature leading Monk disciple Sonny Rollins, hitting early peaks on two standards and stretching out on “Friday the 13th,” plus a pair of tracks in which Monk’s greatest studio trio (with Percy Heath on bass and Art Blakey on drums) introduce the classic “Work” and “Nutty.”

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Sonny Rollins – Worktime (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1956/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Sonny Rollins – Worktime (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1956/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 32:47 minutes | 363 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: December 2, 1955 at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2008, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

These recordings, made shortly after he came East as a member of the Max Roach-Clifford Brown group, are stimulating as no intoxicant or spirit, but only music can be. Max Roach is fantastic and masterful, as he is everywhere at once but never in the way. This is not “pop” jazz, made palatable for people with weak viscera or none at all. This is jazz. It runs deep emotionally. It gets down to hard swinging without sacrificing thinking.

Sonny’s power, emotionally, rhythmically, harmonically evident throughout – is illuminated clearly in the second chorus of “Show Business” as he flexes his embouchure with just George Morrow’s solid, steady beat walking behind him or in the way he leaps in on Billy Strayhorn’s “Raincheck” off the springboard of Max’s cymbal pattern. Hawk is admittedly one of Sonny’s earlier influences and it is a tribute to Sonny that he has been able to learn from the masters like Hawk and Bird and emerge with a strong personality of his own.

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Sonny Rollins – Tenor Madness (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1956/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Sonny Rollins – Tenor Madness (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1956/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 35:23 minutes | 215 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: May 24, 1956 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Remastered:2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

By the time this LP was released, Sonny Rollins already had such albums under his name as Worktime and Sonny Rollins Plus 4 in addition to his sideman exploits with the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet. Even the critics who had been slow in recognizing what fellow jazzmen already knew–that here was a young giant in our midst–could not help see the light. Tenor Madness, in which he was joined by the rhythm section from the Miles Davis Quintet, further substantiated and underlined his rapidly rising stature. The material is an effective mixture of Rollins’s playing attitudes with an intriguing original, “Paul’s Pal,” and the mining of unusual material such as “My Reverie” and “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.” And, of course, there is the celebrated title track featuring the two titans to emerge in the Fifties, Rollins and his guest, visiting in the studio that day, John Coltrane.

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Sonny Rollins – Rollins Plays For Bird (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1956/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Sonny Rollins – Rollins Plays For Bird (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1956/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 52:52 minutes | 611 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: October 5, 1956 at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2007, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

When Charlie Parker died, people who never had done anything in recognition of his great talent, suddenly rushed to the mourner’s bench and delivered eulogies. This record is by musicians who knew him intimately, appreciated him tremendously during his lifetime and felt his loss far more acutely than any of the self-styled sufferers. This is a simple tribute in the form of a medley composed of seven tunes that were recorded and, for the most part, played often by Parker.

The medley was chosen by Sonny Rollins, the most important saxophonist carrying on and enriching the Parker tradition. Sonny also chose the musicians to help him play the tribute. At the time, the five together embodied the Max Roach Quintet. Leader Roach and Kenny Dorham had played with Parker in his quintets and were well qualified to take part in the tribute. While Wade Legge and George Morrow never worked with Bird, their playing is in keeping with the tenets of the Parker tradition. Oddly enough, the seven tunes are all from the post-1950 Parker repertoire.

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Sonny Rollins – Plus Four (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1956/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Sonny Rollins – Plus Four (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1956/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 32:27 minutes | 341 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: March 22, 1956 in Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Plus Four was originally released in 1956 on Prestige Records. On this album, Rollins plays with the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet, of which he was a member at the time. The album was the last full recording including pianist Richie Powell and trumpeter Clifford Brown, as both died in a car accident three months later. Although Rollins is clearly the group leader on this date, the style and playing are logical extensions of the fine work being done by the Brown-Roach group on Emarcy Records at the time.

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Sonny Rollins – Complete Night At The Village Vanguard (1957/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sonny Rollins – Complete Night At The Village Vanguard (1957/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 2:11:56 minutes | 2,75 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Blue Note Records

The Village Vanguard has been home to some of jazz’s finest performances. Rollins’ appearance at the legendary venue in 1957 proved he was one of post-bop’s most inventive and agile soloists. In peak form, Rollins enlisted two different bands for the historic shows. The afternoon show featured Donald Bailey on bass and Pete La Roca on drums, while the evening show featured bassist Wilbur Ware and drummer Elvin Jones. The ensemble dazzles with tunes including “A Night in Tunisia,” “Woody ‘N You” and “I Can’t Get Started”.

His tone was full and sexy and rough and exciting on this evening in November, 1957, and so was his genius. – All About Jazz

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Sonny Rollins – Newk’s Time (1957/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sonny Rollins – Newk’s Time (1957/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:14 minutes | 1,36 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Blue Note Records

Newk’s Time is Sonny Rollins’ third album for Blue Note Records and was released in 1958. This lesser-known album contains some great renditions of tunes by Miles Davis (“Tune Up”), Kenny Dorham (“Asiatic Raes”), and a couple Tin Pan Alley song interpretations. For fans of hard bop, and especially Sonny Rollins, this album is a ‘must listen’.

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Sonny Rollins – The Bridge (1962/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/176,4kHz]

Sonny Rollins – The Bridge (1962/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/176,4 kHz | Time – 40:39 minutes | 1,91 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Sony Music Entertainment

The Bridge was the album that marked Sonny Rollins’ return to recording after a three-year self-imposed hiatus that began in 1959. Rollins spent most of those three years practicing alone up on the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City: “I would be up there 15 or 16 hours at a time spring, summer, fall and winter”. The Bridge, his first solo recording after returning to performance, took its name from those practicing sessions. Consistently impressive is the interplay between Rollins and Hall, and the record is considered a classic by jazz aficionados today.

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Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus (1956/2011) [RM 2002] {Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz}

Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus (1956/2011) [RM 2002]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 38:24 minutes | 1,35 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Concord Jazz

One of the all-time greatest jazz albums, Saxophone Colossus is a true benchmark of jazz improvisation. Rollins’ lyrical lines and rich tone influenced nearly every jazz player who followed (including John Coltrane) and this album illuminates the master at a creative peak.’

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