5 STARS DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE - 4 1/2 STARS ALL MUSIC GUIDE
INCLUDES 4 BONUS TRACKS
This release presents the complete original LP The Bridge (RCA Victor LPM2527), which marks Sonny Rollins’ first album after his threeyear long self-imposed musical exile. It was all recorded in a piano-less quartet format, with Jim Hall on guitar, plus Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Ben Riley on drums (replaced by Harry T. Saunders on just one track). The other two studio tunes recorded by the quartet in 1962, and two alternate versions of songs from the LP taped at Ralph J. Gleason’s “Jazz Casual” TV show shortly after making the album
have been added as a bonus.
SONNY ROLLINS, tenor saxophone & JIM HALL, guitar, o n all tracks, plus:
(1-4) & (6) : BOB CRANSHAW (bass), BEN RILEY (drums).
(5) BOB CRANSHAW (bass), HARRY T. SAUNDERS (drums).
New York, January 30 & February 13-14, 1962.
(7-10) BONUS TRACKS
7: Same personnel as above (Riley on drums). New York, April 18, 1962.
8: Same personnel as above. New York, May 8, 1962.
9-10: Same personnel as above. Ralph Gleason’s “Jazz Casual” TV Show, San Francisco, March 23, 1962.
INCLUDES 12 PAGE BOOKLET
01 WITHOUT A SONG 7:29
02 WHERE ARE YOU? 5:12
03 JOHN S. 7:43
04 THE BRIDGE 5:59
05 GOD BLESS THE CHILD 7:29
06 YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME 6:51
07 IF EVER I WOULD LEAVE YOU 12:04 *
08 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES 9:12 *
09 THE BRIDGE [alternate version] 5:17 *
10 GOD BLESS THE CHILD [alternate version] 5:49 *
TOTAL TIME 73:10 min .
DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE REVIEW : “At the risk of being unable to give Rollins a higher numerical rating when he surpasses this album (and I have every confidence that he will) this set still has to be placed in the superlative class.” (Ira Gitler)
ALL MUSIC GUIDE REVIEW: “This music has been reissued many times. Sonny Rollins’ first recording after ending a surprising three-year retirement found the great saxophonist sounding very similar to how he had played in 1959, although he would soon start investigating freer forms. In a pianoless quartet with guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Ben Riley, Rollins explores four standards plus two fiery originals (highlighted by the title cut). The interplay between Rollins and Hall is consistently impressive, making this a nearclassic and a very successful comeback.” (Scott Yanow)