Sonny Rollins – Way Out West (1957/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 43:28 minutes | 1,5 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front Cover | © Concord Records
Recorded and released in 1957, this groundbreaking jazz-country album features Sonny Rollins accompanied by Ray Brown on bass and drummer Shelly Manne, with no pianist. Rollins chose cover songs and wrote originals that captured his love of the Western movies he grew up watching, with their themes of independence and self-sufficiency.
The timeless Way out West established Sonny Rollins as jazz’s top tenor saxophonist (at least until John Coltrane surpassed him the following year). Joined by bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne, Rollins is heard at one of his peaks on such pieces as “I’m an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande),” his own “Way out West,” “There Is No Greater Love,” and “Come, Gone” (a fast stomp based on “After You’ve Gone”). The William Claxton photo of Rollins wearing Western gear (and holding his tenor) in the desert is also a classic. [The Contemporary re-release appends three bonus tracks, all of them alternate takes].
01 – I’m An Old Cowhand
02 – Solitude
03 – Come, Gone
04 – Wagon Wheels
05 – There Is No Greater Love
06 – Way Out West
Produced by Lester Koenig.
Recorded on March 7, 1957 at Contemporary’s Studio in Los Angeles.
Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
Ray Brown – double bass
Shelly Manne – drums
NOTE: Recorded in 96kHz, mastered to 192kHz.