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Sonny Rollins: Young Rollins (CD: Proper)Sonny Rollins: Young Rollins (CD: Proper)
 


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Sonny Rollins: The Contemporary Leader (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
Compiled and annotated by musician and acknowledged expert Simon Spillett, this 4 CD survey of the greatest living Jazz musician during the most intriguing and productive time in his career.

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) 


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Sonny Rollins: The Contemporary Leader (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)


Sonny Rollins: With the Modern Jazz Quartet (CD: Prestige- US Import)Sonny Rollins: With the Modern Jazz Quartet (CD: Prestige- US Import)
 


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Sonny Rollins: Moving Out (CD: Prestige RVG)
 


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Sonny Rollins: Moving Out (CD: Prestige RVG)


Sonny Rollins: Work Time (CD: Prestige RVG)Sonny Rollins: Work Time (CD: Prestige RVG)
 


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Sonny Rollins: Plus 4 (CD: Prestige RVG- US Import)
This is Brown-Roach, Inc. (the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet of 1955), led by its tenor saxophonist, Sonny Rollins. Coming on the heels of Worktime, it helped to further Sonny's then-growing reputation. He had already established himself with musicians and now the jazz public was catching on. This set is an exceptional blend of rare material from the standard area–"Kiss and Run," "I Feel a Song Coming On," "Count Your Blessings"–and two Rollins originals–"Valse Hot" and "Pent-Up House." On the latter, Sonny and Brownie combine in one of the most brilliant interactions in the recorded annals of jazz. (Fantasy, Inc.)

New RVG remastered edition. 


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Sonny Rollins: Plus 4 (CD: Prestige RVG- US Import)


Sonny Rollins: Tenor Madness (CD: Prestige RVG)Sonny Rollins: Tenor Madness (CD: Prestige RVG)
Saxophonist Sonny Rollins here (1956), in tandem with studio visitor John Coltrane on the opening track, "Tenor Madness," a spirited chase of two tenors through an extended riff blues. Thereafter---with Miles Davis' fine rhythm section in support---Rollins demonstrates his special brilliance: imaginative reworking of the American popular song (e.g. "When Your Lover Has Gone," "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World"). One of jazz's great improvisers. Hear also (and acquire) Saxophone Colossus, for more of same. (Andrew Clark, editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.) 


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Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus (CD: Prestige RVG)
Tenor-saxist Rollins has the power of infinite re-interpretation: whatever materials he plays become his own. Taken from a great creative period (1956), this album features Rollins with pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Doug Watkins and drummer Max Roach on three originals, a ballad and a song from opera. The calypso-like "St. Thomas" has entered jazz's repertoire; "You Don't Know What Love Is" reveals Rollins' hugely imaginative reworking of popular song; while the minor blues, "Blue Seven," has become the jazz saxophonist's model for incremental improvisation---a masterpiece. Compulsory purchase for any serious collection, and your desert island kit. Colossal, indeed. (Andrew Clark, Editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.)

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.)

A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf 


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Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus (CD: Prestige RVG)


Sonny Rollins: The Sound of Sonny (CD: Riverside Keepnews Collection)Sonny Rollins: The Sound of Sonny (CD: Riverside Keepnews Collection)
Rollins has been acclaimed for three decades as one of the most formidable of all jazz improvisers. This album preserves an early peak of his amazing virtuosity. The emphasis is on Sonny's reworking of a wide variety of likely and unlikely standard tunes; the results remain unsurpassed more than forty years later. And there's a special bonus: his very first totally unaccompanied solo recording. (Fantasy, Inc.) 


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Sonny Rollins: Rollins Plays For Bird (CD: Prestige- US Import)
Sonny's homage to the (then) recently deceased Charlie Parker opens with a quote from the famous opening to 'Parker's Mood', a medley of tunes from the great man's Verve days and swings in a relaxed fashion with a band including Kenny Dorham and Max Roach, former associates of Bird. One of Rollins' most laid back and enjoyable records.  


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Sonny Rollins: Rollins Plays For Bird (CD: Prestige- US Import)


Sonny Rollins: Tour De Force (CD: Prestige- US Import)Sonny Rollins: Tour De Force (CD: Prestige- US Import)
 


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Sonny Rollins: Shadow Waltz (CD: Solar)
A collection of outstanding trio studio recordings by Sonny Rollins made during 1957-58 - comprising : the complete original LP “Freedom Suite” (Riverside, 1958 ), on which Sonny is backed by such stars as Oscar Pettiford and Max Roach; and an entire session featuring Henry Grimes and Specs Wright, originally ‘Sonny Rollins and the Big Brass’ (on Metro Jazz), that includes an amazing unaccompanied sax improvisation on "Body and Soul". Further isolated trio, duet and solo recordings by Rollins taken from albums featuring bigger groups, compiled here for the first time ever, are also added as bonus tracks

The nineteen minute composition “Freedom Suite”, featuring Rollins, accompanied only by bass and drums, was jazz music’s 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) 


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Sonny Rollins: Shadow Waltz (CD: Solar)


Sonny Rollins: Freedom Suite (CD: Riverside Keepnews Collection)Sonny Rollins: Freedom Suite (CD: Riverside Keepnews Collection)
When it was first heard in the late Fifties, "The Freedom Suite" created a considerable stir. It remains a most impressive work: more than 19 minutes of the varied, inventive, impassioned development of a theme by a single horn supported only by bass and drums. (It is of course an essential element that the horn is one of the greatest of all tenor saxes, and the supporting duo scarcely less top-ranked.) The remaining tracks display early examples of a less sensational but highly effective weapon in the Rollins arsenal: his brilliant reshaping of fairly unlikely pop material, including in this case a pair of waltzes. (Fantasy, Inc.) 


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Sonny Rollins: Way Out West (CD: Contemporary)
Rollins poses as black cowboy/ outlaw on CD cover, against backdrop of Mohave Desert; his holster is gunless, his weapon a tenor saxophone. William Claxton's photo suggests Rollins' use of popular myth and song---here, Western folk and cowboy ballad---creates its own frontier. Rollins thought Western gear and terrain "went well with playing unusual songs for a jazz album." Ever seeking new material for improvisation, Rollins runs changes on "I'm An Old Cowhand," "Wagon Wheels," the title-theme, "Way Out West," and two ballads. The saxophone receives total exposure--- only Ray Brown, bass, and drummer Shelly Manne giving crucially sympathetic support. Major album (1957) from one of jazz's most inventive improvisers. (Andrew Clark, editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.) 


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Sonny Rollins: Way Out West (CD: Contemporary)


Sonny Rollins: Newk's Time (CD: Blue Note RVG)Sonny Rollins: Newk's Time (CD: Blue Note RVG)
 


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Sonny Rollins: Vol.1 (CD: Blue Note RVG)
 


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Sonny Rollins: Vol.1 (CD: Blue Note RVG)


Sonny Rollins: Vol.2 (CD: Blue Note RVG)Sonny Rollins: Vol.2 (CD: Blue Note RVG)
 


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Sonny Rollins: A Night at the Village Vanguard (CD: Blue Note RVG, 2 CDs)
The mid-fifties was an astonishing period for this saxophone genius. And for all his great work in this era, this daring album and "Saxophone Colossus" remain his crowning achievements. With just bass (Wilbur Ware) and drums (Elvin Jones) in support, Rollins creates tenor saxophone improvisations of increible beauty and inexhaustible creativity. Twenty years after the initial album, a double album containing the rest of the releasable material from this magic night at the Village Vanguard was issued. With the recent re-discovery of the original tapes, the performance has been assembled as it happened and beautifully remastered by original engineer with superb depth of sound. Several of Sonny's stage announcements have been added to master for the first time. (Blue Note Records)

A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf 


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Sonny Rollins: A Night at the Village Vanguard (CD: Blue Note RVG, 2 CDs)


Sonny Rollins: And The Big Brass Trio & Quintet (CD: Fresh Sound)Sonny Rollins: And The Big Brass Trio & Quintet (CD: Fresh Sound)
 


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Sonny Rollins: Brass / Trio (Vinyl LP: Vinyl Lovers)
Recorded in 1958 and originally titled “Sonny Rollins and the Big Brass”, this was one the few occasions when the saxophonist fronted a large band. This is featured on one side of the record while on the other was a completely different session in a trio format.

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl LP. (Discovery Records) 


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Sonny Rollins: Brass / Trio (Vinyl LP: Vinyl Lovers)


Sonny Rollins: At Music Inn + MJQ at Music Inn (CD: Dreamcovers)Sonny Rollins: At Music Inn + MJQ at Music Inn (CD: Dreamcovers)
Sonny Rollins performing in different formats with members of the Modern Jazz Quartet plus the MJQ playing some tracks on their own during an engagement at Music Inn, Lenox, Massachusetts in August 1958. This music was originally divided into two releases on different labels but now collated together here with the addition of a couple of bonus tracks by the Teddy Edwards Quartet.

Limited edition CD presented in mini LP papersleeve cover. (DIscovery Records) 


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Sonny Rollins featuring Milt Jackson: Milt And Bags (CD: Acrobat)
On paper, at least, Sonny Rollins and the Modern Jazz Quartet look like unlikely musical collaborators. The former, full of capricious creativity, was famed for his adventurous spirit, changing his bands and sidemen– and even his own image - from album to album. The MJQ, on the other hand, were a model of orderly consistency – the ultimate disciplined, evening suited concert artists, who, with regular personnel and a steady output of tidily-played albums had, by the late 1950s, already entered the rarefied pantheon of the truly great jazz groups.

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 band’s 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-man’s 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) 


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Sonny Rollins featuring Milt Jackson: Milt And Bags (CD: Acrobat)


Sonny Rollins Trio: Live In Europe 1959 (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 3 CDs)Sonny Rollins Trio: Live In Europe 1959 (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 3 CDs)
There is an extended gap in Sonny Rollins’ discography between 1959 and 1962 in which he voluntarily decided not to play in public. No recordings exist from this period after the private tapes that were made during his March 1959 European tour, all of which are presented on this 3-CD edition.

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) 


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Sonny Rollins Trio: In Stockholm 1959 (CD: Dragon)
 


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Sonny Rollins Trio: In Stockholm 1959 (CD: Dragon)


Sonny Rollins Quartet with Don Cherry: Complete Live at The Village Gate 1962 (CD: Solar, 6 CDs)Sonny Rollins Quartet with Don Cherry: Complete Live at The Village Gate 1962 (CD: Solar, 6 CDs)
Limited edition 6CD set of rare live performance – more than five hours of previously unissued music! This 1962 engagement at the Village Gate marked Sonny Rollins’ first recording with Don Cherry. Only three tunes from the gigs were included on the LP “Our Man in Paris” and this collection adds all existing music taped during the live sessions – all in brilliant stereo sound. Six CDs with detailed booklet. (Discovery Records) 


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Sonny Rollins & Don Cherry Quartet: New York 1962/ Stockholm 1963 (CD: RLR Records)
Two rarely heard and long unavailable concerts by the Sonny Rollins-Don Cherry piano–less quartet, recorded in New York 1962 and Stockholm 1963. As a bonus, a previously unissued version of “52nd Street Theme” recorded in Rome during the same European tour as the Stockholm set.

Sonny Rollins and Don Cherry’s 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) 


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Sonny Rollins & Don Cherry Quartet: New York 1962/ Stockholm 1963 (CD: RLR Records)


Sonny Rollins Quintet with Paul Bley: Tokyo 1963 (CD: RLR Records)Sonny Rollins Quintet with Paul Bley: Tokyo 1963 (CD: RLR Records)
A splendid, previously unissued performance by tenor legend Sonny Rollins, recorded in Tokyo on his 1963 tour of Japan - with a quintet featuring Paul Bley and on two tracks, Betty Carter. There is also a track with Rollins backed by a Japanese combo; plus, as a bonus, a rare 1956 broadcast (of over 20 minutes) by Rollins with the first incarnation of the Max Roach quintet after Clifford Brown’s tragic death. (Discovery Records) 


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Sonny Rollins & Don Cherry Quartet: Complete 1963 Paris Concert (CD: Gambit)
A complete and long unavailable concert by the Sonny Rollins / Don Cherry piano-less quartet - recorded at the Olympia, Paris, in 1963 - with Henry Grimes on bass and Billy Higgins, drums. The collective discography of Rollins and Cherry spans less than a year, but was a fascinating association.

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) 


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Sonny Rollins & Don Cherry Quartet: Complete 1963 Paris Concert (CD: Gambit)


Sonny Rollins & Don Cherry Quartet: Complete 1963 Stuttgart Concert (CD: RLR Records)Sonny Rollins & Don Cherry Quartet: Complete 1963 Stuttgart Concert (CD: RLR Records)
All known music from the 1963 Stuttgart performance by the Sonny Rollins-Don Cherry piano-less quartet, also featuring Henry Grimes, bass, and Billy Higgins, drums. The three initial tunes, appear here on CD for the first time ever, and the concert’s finale, “Oleo”, is previously unissued in any format.

•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) 


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Sonny Rollins & Don Cherry Quartet: The Complete 1963 Copenhagen Concert (CD: JazzLips, 2 CDs)
The complete, long-unavailable 1963 Copenhagen concert by the Sonny Rollins - Don Cherry piano-less quartet. Among its many highlights are amazing medleys of standard tunes and an extended version of Thelonious Monk’s “52nd Street Theme”. As a bonus, the complete Rollins performance from a 1966 Graz concert in trio format with Jymie Merritt on bass and Max Roach on drums. “Love Walked In” and “Poinciana”, from that set, appear on CD here for the first time ever. (Discovery Records) 


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Sonny Rollins & Don Cherry Quartet: The Complete 1963 Copenhagen Concert (CD: JazzLips, 2 CDs)


Sonny Rollins: The Bridge (CD: Columbia)Sonny Rollins: The Bridge (CD: Columbia)
 


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Sonny Rollins: The Bridge (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)

Limited edition, high definition 180g vinyl LP.  


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Sonny Rollins: The Bridge (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)


Sonny Rollins: On Impulse! (CD: Impulse)Sonny Rollins: On Impulse! (CD: Impulse)
 


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Sonny Rollins: Alfie (CD: Impulse)
Original music from the film score, featuring Rollins alongside J.J. Johnson, Phil Woods, Kenny Burrell and Oliver Nelson. 


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Sonny Rollins: Alfie (CD: Impulse)


Sonny Rollins: East Broadway Run Down (CD: Impulse)Sonny Rollins: East Broadway Run Down (CD: Impulse)
 


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Sonny Rollins: The Impulse Story (CD: Impulse)
 


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Sonny Rollins: The Impulse Story (CD: Impulse)


Sonny Rollins Trio: Live In Munich 1965 (CD: Domino Jazz)Sonny Rollins Trio: Live In Munich 1965 (CD: Domino Jazz)
A complete never before released trio performance by Sonny Rollins - recorded in Munich in October, 1965 - which showcases the saxophonist with talented Danish bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and drummer Alan Dawson.

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) 


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Sonny Rollins: Paris 1965 & Copenhagen 1968 (CD: Gambit, 2 CDs)
This Gambit double CD presents two extremely rare and long-unavailable European concerts by Sonny Rollins : A 1965 Paris performance showcases Rollins in a trio format with Gilbert Rovere (bass) and Art Taylor (drums); and a 1968 quartet concert from the Cafe Montmartre, Copenhagen, with Kenny Drew, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and Albert “Tootie” Heath.

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) 


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Sonny Rollins: Paris 1965 & Copenhagen 1968 (CD: Gambit, 2 CDs)


Sonny Rollins: Live In London Vol.2 (CD: Harkit)Sonny Rollins: Live In London Vol.2 (CD: Harkit)
A second tranche of Sonny Rollins recorded live at Ronnie Scott's Club in January 1965. Featured musicians are Stan Tracey, piano; Rick laird, bass and Ronnie Stephenson on drums. Super notes by Simon Spillett throw a new light on these sensational performances which include a marathon twenty minute rendition of Cole Porter's "Night And Day". (Harkit Records) 


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Sonny Rollins: Live In London Vol.3 (CD: Harkit, 2 CDs)
 


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Sonny Rollins: Live In London Vol.3 (CD: Harkit, 2 CDs)


Sonny Rollins: Horn Culture (CD: Milestone- US Import)Sonny Rollins: Horn Culture (CD: Milestone- US Import)
 


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Sonny Rollins: Don't Stop The Carnival (CD: Milestone- US Import)
 


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Sonny Rollins: Don't Stop The Carnival (CD: Milestone- US Import)


Sonny Rollins: Sunny Days, Starry Nights (CD: Milestone- US Import)Sonny Rollins: Sunny Days, Starry Nights (CD: Milestone- US Import)
 


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Sonny Rollins: +3 (CD: Milestone- US Import)
 


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Sonny Rollins: +3 (CD: Milestone- US Import)


Sonny Rollins: This Is What I Do (CD: Milestone- US Import)Sonny Rollins: This Is What I Do (CD: Milestone- US Import)
"This Is What I Do is unmistakable, and great Sonny Rollins" (The Penguin Guide To Jazz)

A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf 


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Sonny Rollins: Without A Song- The 9/11 Concert (CD: Milestone- US Import)
 


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Sonny Rollins: Without A Song- The 9/11 Concert (CD: Milestone- US Import)


Sonny Rollins: Sonny Please (CD: EmArcy)Sonny Rollins: Sonny Please (CD: EmArcy)
 


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Sonny Rollins: Road Shows Vol.1 (CD: EmArcy)
Sonny Rollins- the original Saxophone Colossus- is back once again with an exciting first volume of live recordings taken from his recent world tours to sold out venues and ecstatic receptions across the globe. Featuring his fantastic band playing many of his classic tunes as well as new material, this is Sonny in his latter prime. (Universal Jazz) 


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Sonny Rollins: Road Shows Vol.1 (CD: EmArcy)

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