THE WILLIAM CLAXTON COLLECTION
180 pure virgin vinyl LPs in Gatefold packaging
"Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders" was the last of the classic Sonny Rollins albums prior to his unexpected three-year musical hiatus, which would end in 1962 with the recording of The Bridge. The album features the great tenor saxophonist with pianist Hampton Hawes, guitarist Barney Kessel, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Shelly Manne, all of whom were bandleaders for Contemporary Records during this era, on an unusual but inspired selection of standards.
SONNY ROLLINS, tenor sax
VICTOR FELDMAN, vibes (on A4-A5 only)
HAMPTON HAWES, piano (out on A3)
BARNEY KESSEL, guitar
LEROY VINNEGAR, bass
SHELLY MANNE, drums (out on A3 & B3)
Contemporary Studio, Los Angeles, October 20-22, 1958.
01 I’VE TOLD EVERY LITTLE STAR
02 ROCK-A-BYE YOUR BABY WITH A DIXIE MELODY
03 HOW HIGH THE MOON
05 YOU [alt. take] (*)
01 I’VE FOUND A NEW BABY
02 ALONE TOGETHER
03 IN THE CHAPEL IN THE MOONLIGHT
04 THE SONG IS YOU
05 I’VE FOUND A NEW BABY [alt. take] (*)
(*) Bonus tracks: From the same sessions, but not included on the original LP.