Sonny Rollins The Sound Of Sonny on LP
Sonny Rollins was only 26 years old when he recorded The Sound of Sonny, his first Riverside album, but he was an eight-year veteran of the jazz big leagues. He had worked with Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, and the Clifford Brown-Max Roach group, among others. His style, personal and eccentric but deeply rooted in the jazz tradition and in American popular song, made him the most talked-about young tenor saxophonist of the mid-1950s.
The Sound of Sonny makes clear why Rollins impressed people. Like all great jazz improvisers, he communicated through his instrument in a way that made listeners feel he was speaking to them. The stories he told were delivered with energy, swing, and wry good humor. He gave the layman a frame of reference by using familiar material like the standard songs here for explorations full of excitement and adventure. Supported by a blue-ribbon rhythm section, this is young Sonny Rollins at his best!
Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone)
Sonny Clark (piano)
Paul Chambers / Percy Heath (bass)
Roy Haynes (drums)