The Bebop Shop : Now's The Time: Bud, Bird & Bebop : Sonny Rollins
During 1958, at the peak of his powers, Sonny Rollins recorded some of his most diverse music yet. Then, without warning, and confounding all praise heaped on him, he took a baffling two year retirement as he attempted to further perfect his art, emerging in 1962 to even greater critical acclaim.
This set contains key studio recordings and legendary live recordings. The box includes a 36 page booklet with a fascinating essay, discographical information and rare photos. (Proper Music) Price: £15.49
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One of the pivotal recordings in bringing about the widespread acceptance of Sonny Rollins as a major figure, Saxophone Colossus inspired critics to write scholarly analyses and fans to revel in the hard-swinging invention, humor, and tender-strength balladry. Up to this album, while most musicians recognized Rollins as one of the new influential forces in the jazz of the Fifties, most critics were carping at Rollins or damning him with faint praise. "St. Thomas," a traditional West Indian melody which Mal Waldron remembered as "The Carnival," was recorded by many artists after Sonny introduced it here, and it remains a jazz standard today. The contributions of Tommy Flanagan's elegant swing, Doug Watkins's steady lift, and Max Roach's most musical accompaniment and soloing (hear "Blue 7") make this a landmark album. (Fantasy, Inc.)
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The nineteen minute composition Freedom Suite, featuring Rollins, accompanied only by bass and drums, was jazz musics first explicit extended instrumental protest piece, and its intentions were discussed in the original liner notes written by Rollins: America is deeply rooted in Negro culture: its colloquialisms; its humour; its music. How ironic that the Negro, who more than any other can claim America's culture as his own, is being persecuted and repressed; that the Negro, who has exemplified the humanities in his very existence, is being rewarded with inhumanity."
Personnel : Sonny Rollins, tenor sax on all tracks, plus: Oscar Pettiford (b), Max Roach (d), Henry Grimes (b), Specs Wright (d), Percy Heath (b), Connie Kay (d), Paul Chambers (b), Roy Haynes (d), and Philly Joe Jones (d). (Discovery Records) Price: £11.99
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Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl LP. (Discovery Records) Price: £18.99
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However, on the few occasions when the MJQ's pianist and musical director John Lewis invited Rollins to augment the band, the results were a memorable win-win, mixing spontaneity and order, with the saxophonist nicknamed Newk by his friends finding inspirational common ground with the bands vibraphone star, Milt Jackson, known to all as Bags.
This new Acrobat collection assembles all the extant recordings featuring this partnership: a 1953 EP session, half an LP featuring Rollins guesting with the MJQ rhythm section, taped live in 1958, and a further album side recorded by the full band with both Milt Jackson and Rollins, in which they set down a definitive account of the vibes-mans classic blues Bags' Groove. As a bonus, there is also a rare and exciting festival set, taped in Germany in 1965, during which Rollins and Jackson appeared with an all-star rhythm section including legendary Jazz Messenger leader Art Blakey. (Discovery Records) Price: £11.99
Included here are many hard to find performances and even a previously unissued set recorded in Frankfurt. Bassist is Henry Grimes while drummer Pete La Rocca is replaced on two occasions by American drummers who are living in Europe: Joe Harris and Kenny Clarke. (Discovery Records) Price: £20.99
Sonny Rollins and Don Cherrys collective discography spans less than a year but, not surprisingly produced much exhilarating music. Cherry and Rollins begin this New York concert with a bizarre version of the Star-Spangled Banner, before moving into more familiar terrain, revisiting classics like Oleo and St. Thomas. (Discovery Records) Price: £11.99
The band work out on a 23min+ version of Sonnymoon For Two, a 13 min+ version of On Green Dolphin Street and almost 10 minutes of Everything Happens To Me - a standard that only appears this once in the discographies of Rollins and Cherry. (Discovery Records) Price: £11.99
As a bonus, a rare trio version of I Want to Be Happy recorded by Rollins live at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and two rare 1965 quintet tracks from a 1965 Berlin performance which found Rollins in a quintet format (but as the only horn) in the company of Milt Jackson, Kenny Drew, Percy Heath and Art Blakey. (Discovery Records) Price: £11.99
Limited edition, high definition 180g vinyl LP. Price: £18.99
Among the many highlights, it presents versions of tunes rarely recorded by Rollins, like Darn That Dream or The Song Is You.
Initially a follower of Charlie Parker, then an important figure in recordings by illustrious modern jazz icons like Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, tenor sax giant Sonny Rollins had evolved beyond the bebop idiom and was expanding into freer forms by the mid-60s. Just as he had done on his celebrated album Way Out West - and at this 1965 Munich concert, Rollins refrained from using a piano, opting instead for a trio format backed only by bass and drums. (Discovery Records) Price: £11.99
The first session includes a half-hour plus version of Three Little Words; and 23 plus minutes of There Will Never Be Another You. The second concert includes a 47 minute version of Miles Davis Four and 20 minutes of Sonnymoon For Two. The recording quality is not always up to modern standards, but these sessions are of high historical importance. (Discovery Records) Price: £17.99
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