The Sound of Sonny
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In 1959, Sonny Rollins (born in 1930, he is 88 years-old at this writing) declared that he was dissatisfied with his sound and took the first of his long sabbaticals to work on his playing. (He wouldnot record another note until 1962.) Despite his self criticism, Rollins had already started a daring line of experimentation on his previous albums. In 1957, Rollins pioneered the use of bass and drums, sans piano, as accompaniment for his saxophone solos.Two early tenor/bass/drums trio recordings are Way Out West and A Night at the Village Vanguard. By this time, Rollins had become well known for transforming relatively banal or unconventionalsongs (such as “There’s No Business Like ShowBusiness” on Work Time, or “Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye” on The Sound of Sonny) into viable jazz vehicles. The latter album, presented here in its entirety along with a tenth tune that completes the sessions, also contains a piano-less trio track, along with Rollins’ superb unaccompanied sax reading of “It Could Happen to You”.
Reeves Sound Studio, New York, June 11 (A2, A3, A5 & B1-B4) & June 19 (A1, A4 & B5), 1957. B3 is an unaccompanied tenor sax performance.