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Sonny Rollins – Sonny Rollins On Impulse! (1965) [Analogue Productions Remaster 2011] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Sonny Rollins – On Impulse! (1965) [Analogue Productions Remaster 2011]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 Stereo > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 34:33 minutes | Scans included | 1,42 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 717 MB

In 1965 and 1966 tenor giant Sonny Rollins issued three albums for the Impulse label. They would be his last until 1972 when he re-emerged on the scene from a self-imposed retirement. This date is significant for the manner in which Rollins attacks five standards with a quartet that included pianist Ray Bryant, bassist Walter Booker and drummer Mickey Roker. Rollins, who’s been recording for RCA and its Bluebird subsidiary, had spent the previous three years (after emerging from his first retirement) concentrating on standards and focusing deeply on intimate, intricate aspects of melody and harmony. He inverts the approach here, and digs deeply into pulse and rhythm and leaving melody to take care of itself. This is not a “new thing” date but instead focuses on playing according to the dictates of the rhythm section and on interchanging with Booker and Roker, leaving much of the melodic aspect of these tunes to Bryant. Rollins could never quite leave the melody out of anything he played because of his intense gift as a lyrical improviser; he nonetheless stripped his approach back and played tunes like “On Green Dolphin Street” by improvising according to theme rather than strict melody, where his interplay with the rhythm section becomes based on the dynamic and shifting times played by Roker. While things are more intimate and straight on “Everything Happens to Me,” he nonetheless plays the edges, filling the space like a drummer. Melody happens throughout, the tune is recognizable, but it is stretched in his solo to a theme set by the shimmering cymbals and brushed snare work of Roker. The oddest cuts in the set are the last two; spaced out readings of “Blue Room,” and “Three Little Words”; they sound as if he were preparing the listener for a true change in his approach. Melody gets inverted, with spaces and syncopation taking the place of notes. The swing is inherent in everything here, but it’s clear that the saxophonist was hearing something else in his head, the way he squeezes notes tightly into some phrases where they might be placed elsewhere, and substitutes small, lithe lines inside Bryant’s solos which dictate the harmonic intervals more conventionally with his singing approach. And speaking of rhythm, the album’s hinge piece is the burning calypso “Hold “Em Joe.” Here again, as Bryant’s changes play it straight, Rollins shoves his horn inside them and draws out the beat on his horn over and over again. As strange and beautiful as this record sounds, it would have been wonderful if he had chosen to explore this track on his later records, but that restless spirit was already moving onto something else, as evidenced by his next offering, which were his original compositions for the film Alfie with arrangements by Oliver Nelson. If anything, Sonny Rollins on Impulse! feels as if it were a recording Rollins had to get out of his system. But thank goodness for us because it’s a winner through and through.

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Sonny Rollins – Plus Four (1956) [MFSL 2003] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Sonny Rollins – Plus Four (1956) [MFSL 2003]
PS3 Rip | ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 32:22 minutes | Scans included | 1,31 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 671 MB

In 1956 Sonny Rollins used the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet (of which he was a member) as his sidemen for this Prestige set. The high points of this particularly strong hard bop set include “Valse Hot” (an early jazz waltz), a rapid rendition of “I Feel a Song Coming On,” and Rollins’s classic “Pent-Up House.” Trumpeter Brown (heard on one of his final sessions) is in excellent form, as is the strong rhythm section and the young tenor-leader himself.

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Sonny Rollins – Way Out West (1957) [Analogue Productions’ Remaster 2002] {PS3 ISO+FLAC}

Sonny Rollins – Way Out West (1957) [Analogue Productions’ Remaster 2002]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 70:37 minutes | Artwork | 3,24 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Artwork | 1,33 GB

This was the first trio album that Sonny Rollins recorded in the late 50s, and it remains among the most important documents of his career. Astounding melodic continuity paired with stream-of-consciousness invention, passion, and maturity on the ballads “Solitude” and “There Is No Greater Love,” a brilliantly quirky title track, inspired support from Ray Brown and Shelly Manne, and a supreme wit that carried over to perhaps the greatest cover photo of all time combine to make Way Out West one of the most inspired and best loved albums in jazz history.

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Sonny Rollins – Supreme Jazz (2006) [2.0 & 5.1] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Sonny Rollins – Supreme Jazz (2006) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 57:51 minutes | Scans included | 3,47 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,13 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

Sonny Rollins continues to be one of the great innovators of jazz. He is a restless individual, and he has spent long periods of his life studying various philosophies and disciplines as well as music. As a saxophone player, he is considered as important an individual as Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and John Coltrane.

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Sonny Rollins – Vol.2 (1957) [Analogue Productions 2010] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Sonny Rollins – Vol.2 (1957) [APO Remaster 2010]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:46 minutes | Scans included | 1,73 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 885 MB

Sonny Rollins, Vol. 2, recorded for Blue Note, is a timeless session and a milestone in jazz history that gathered together some of the founding fathers of the post-bop era. Joining Rollins are Jazz Messengers Art Blakey on drums and Horace Silver on piano, Miles Davis’ favorite bassist Paul Chambers, the quintessential trombonist J.J. Johnson, and even Thelonious Monk himself. The tour de force in swing begins with a bang and doesn’t let up until the last note has faded away. Rollins’ own uptempo “Why Don’t I” kicks off the session with a rhythmic jolt before his big tenor launches into a classic swinging solo followed by turns from Johnson and Silver and some heated exchanges with Blakey. The aptly titled “Wail March” begins deceptively with a street-beat groove before careening into several blistering solo choruses. Monk sits in for his own “Misterioso” and “Reflections,” two quintessential works from this eccentric master that are given excellent readings here. The bouncing “You Stepped Out of a Dream” provides some tasty interaction between Rollins and Johnson. Finally, the lilting “Poor Butterfly” is a nice bluesy ending to this all-star session.

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Sonny Rollins – Volume 2 (1957/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sonny Rollins – Volume 2 (1957/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 00:40:48 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks  | Artwork: Front cover | © Blue Note Records
Recorded: Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey on April 14, 1957.

“In preparing these hi def remasters, we were very conscientious about maintaining the feel of the original releases while adding a previously unattainable transparency and depth. It now sounds like you’ve set up your chaise lounge right in the middle of Rudy Van Gelder’s studio!” – Blue Note President, Don Was.

Sonny Rollins, Vol. 2 brought together some of the greatest players of the post-bop era. In addition to Rollins, it featured Art Blakey on drums, Horace Silver and Thelonious Monk on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and J.J. Johnson on trombone. This classic record is a must-have for any jazz lover.

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Sonny Rollins – Sonny Rollins, Volume 1 (1956/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sonny Rollins – Sonny Rollins, Volume 1 (1956/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:54 minutes | 1,35 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Blue Note Records

Sonny Rollins’ first outing for Blue Note was recorded at that label’s last session of 1956. The album features Rollins playing with Gene Ramey (bass), Max Roach (drums), Donald Byrd (trumpet), and Wynton Kelly (piano).

“In preparing these hi def remasters, we were very conscientious about maintaining the feel of the original releases while adding a previously unattainable transparency and depth. It now sounds like you’ve set up your chaise lounge right in the middle of Rudy Van Gelder’s studio!” – Blue Note President, Don Was.

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Supreme Jazz {11-Disc Set} (2006) [SACD-R ISO + FLAC 2.0 24/88.2 + FLAC 5.1 24/88.2]

Title: Supreme Jazz: Cannonball Adderley / Charles Mingus / Clark Terry / Dave Brubeck / Dizzy Gillespie / Duke Ellington / Gerry Mulligan / Lester Young / Oscar Peterson / Sonny Rollins / Stan Getz /
Genre: Jazz

Audio: SACD-R ISO + FLAC 2.0, 5.1 24 / 88.2

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Sonny Rollins – Volume 2 (1957/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sonny Rollins – Vol. 2 (1957/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:48 minutes | 1,79 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Source: HDTracks

Sonny Rollins, Vol. 2 brought together some of the greatest players of the post-bop era. In addition to Rollins, it featured Art Blakey on drums, Horace Silver and Thelonious Monk on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and J.J. Johnson on trombone. This classic record is a must-have for any jazz lover.

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Sonny Rollins 24 Bit Vinyl Pack

Sonny Rollins 24 Bit Vinyl Pack

Genre: Jazz
  Styles: Bop, Hard-Bop, Post-Bop, Jazz Instrument, Saxophone Jazz
  Source: vinyl
  Codec: FLAC
  Bitrate: ~ 2,900 kbps
  Bit Depth: 24
  Sample Rate: 96 kHz

1956 Tenor Madness – Prestige PRLP 7047 (US) (Reissue 2013)
  1957 Way Out West – Contemporary Records Fantasy S7530, 1988 (US)
  1959 Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders – RTB 2221136
  1962 What’s New? – Pure Pleasure N2PY-2267 180g (US)
  1962 The Bridge – RCA Living Stereo LSP 2727-45 180g (US)
  1963 Sonny Meets Hawk – RCA Living Stereo LSP 2712 200g (US)
  1966 East Broadway Run Down – Impulse AS9121 180g (US)
  1973 Horn Culture – Milestone M-9051 (US)
  1978 Pure Gold Jazz – RCA ANL1-2809 (US)

  Sonny Rollins will go down in history as not only the single most enduring tenor saxophonist of the bebop and hard bop era, but also as one of the greatest contemporary jazz saxophonists of them all. His fluid and harmonically innovative ideas, effortless manner, and easily identifiable and accessible sound have influenced generations of performers, but have also fueled the notion that mainstream jazz music can be widely enjoyed, recognized, and proliferated. Born Theodore Walter Rollins in New York City on September 7, 1930, he had an older brother who played violin. At age nine he took up piano lessons but discontinued them, took up the alto saxophone in high school, and switched to tenor after high school, doing local engagements. In 1948 he recorded with vocalist Babs Gonzales, then Bud Powell and Fats Navarro, and his first composition, “Audubon,” was recorded by J.J. Johnson. Soon thereafter, Rollins made the rounds quickly with groups led by Tadd Dameron, Chicago drummer Ike Day, and Miles Davis in 1951, followed by his own recordings with Kenny Drew, Kenny Dorham, and Thelonious Monk.   

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