Sonny Rollins – Sonny Boy (1961/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 39:15 minutes | 1,61 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Digital Booklet | © Prestige
“Sonny Boy” is a 1961 album by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins comprising four tracks from his final recordings for the Prestige label, three of which were originally released on Tour de Force, along with an unissued performance from the session that produced Rollins Plays for Bird.
Recorded in 1956 but issued in 1960, Sonny Boy combines three tracks previously heard on Rollins’ 1957 release Tour de Force, omitting two ballads sung by Earl Coleman) with the title track, popularized by Al Jolson in the ’20s, and an instrumental version of “The House I Live In” from the Frank Sinatra film of the same title.
The blues “Ee-Ah” features a laid-back introduction by pianist Kenny Drew and a remarkable extended solo by Rollins. The aptly titled “B. Quick” and “B. Swift” are lightning-fast improvs spotlighting exceptional solos by all members, especially drummer Max Roach. Of the previously unissued tracks, “Sonny Boy” has a bounciness unusual in ’50s jazz, and “The House I Live In” (featuring trumpeter Kenny Dorham and pianist Wade Legge) manages to be simultaneously stately and swinging. They’re hardly mere leftovers, and should have been issued long before they were. ~~ AllMusic Review by AllMusic
01 – Ee-Ah
02 – B. Quick
03 – B. Swift
04 – The House I Live In
05 – Sonny Boy
Produced by Bob Weinstock.
Recorded on October 5 and December 7, 1956 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey.
Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
Kenny Dorham – trumpet on “4”
Kenny Drew – piano on “1-3 & 5”
Wade Legge – piano on “4”
George Morrow – bass
Max Roach – drums