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Sonny Rollins – Worktime (1956/2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Sonny Rollins – Worktime (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1956/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 32:47 minutes | 363 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: December 2, 1955 at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2008, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

These recordings, made shortly after he came East as a member of the Max Roach-Clifford Brown group, are stimulating as no intoxicant or spirit, but only music can be. Max Roach is fantastic and masterful, as he is everywhere at once but never in the way. This is not “pop” jazz, made palatable for people with weak viscera or none at all. This is jazz. It runs deep emotionally. It gets down to hard swinging without sacrificing thinking.


Sonny Rollins – Tenor Madness (1956/2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Sonny Rollins – Tenor Madness (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1956/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 35:23 minutes | 215 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: May 24, 1956 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Remastered:2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

By the time this LP was released, Sonny Rollins already had such albums under his name as Worktime and Sonny Rollins Plus 4 in addition to his sideman exploits with the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet. Even the critics who had been slow in recognizing what fellow jazzmen already knew–that here was a young giant in our midst–could not help see the light. Tenor Madness, in which he was joined by the rhythm section from the Miles Davis Quintet, further substantiated and underlined his rapidly rising stature. The material is an effective mixture of Rollins’s playing attitudes with an intriguing original, “Paul’s Pal,” and the mining of unusual material such as “My Reverie” and “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.” And, of course, there is the celebrated title track featuring the two titans to emerge in the Fifties, Rollins and his guest, visiting in the studio that day, John Coltrane.


Sonny Rollins – Rollins Plays For Bird (1956/2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Sonny Rollins – Rollins Plays For Bird (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1956/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 52:52 minutes | 611 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: October 5, 1956 at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2007, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

When Charlie Parker died, people who never had done anything in recognition of his great talent, suddenly rushed to the mourner’s bench and delivered eulogies. This record is by musicians who knew him intimately, appreciated him tremendously during his lifetime and felt his loss far more acutely than any of the self-styled sufferers. This is a simple tribute in the form of a medley composed of seven tunes that were recorded and, for the most part, played often by Parker.

The medley was chosen by Sonny Rollins, the most important saxophonist carrying on and enriching the Parker tradition. Sonny also chose the musicians to help him play the tribute. At the time, the five together embodied the Max Roach Quintet. Leader Roach and Kenny Dorham had played with Parker in his quintets and were well qualified to take part in the tribute. While Wade Legge and George Morrow never worked with Bird, their playing is in keeping with the tenets of the Parker tradition. Oddly enough, the seven tunes are all from the post-1950 Parker repertoire.


Sonny Rollins – Plus Four (1956/2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Sonny Rollins – Plus Four (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1956/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 32:27 minutes | 341 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: March 22, 1956 in Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Plus Four was originally released in 1956 on Prestige Records. On this album, Rollins plays with the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet, of which he was a member at the time. The album was the last full recording including pianist Richie Powell and trumpeter Clifford Brown, as both died in a car accident three months later. Although Rollins is clearly the group leader on this date, the style and playing are logical extensions of the fine work being done by the Brown-Roach group on Emarcy Records at the time.


Sonny Rollins – Way Out West (1957) [Analogue Productions Remaster 2002] SACD ISO

Sonny Rollins – Way Out West (1957) [Analogue Productions’ Remaster 2002]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 70:37 minutes | Artwork | 3,24 GB
Genre: Jazz

This was the first trio album that Sonny Rollins recorded in the late 50s, and it remains among the most important documents of his career. Astounding melodic continuity paired with stream-of-consciousness invention, passion, and maturity on the ballads “Solitude” and “There Is No Greater Love,” a brilliantly quirky title track, inspired support from Ray Brown and Shelly Manne, and a supreme wit that carried over to perhaps the greatest cover photo of all time combine to make Way Out West one of the most inspired and best loved albums in jazz history.

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
07. I’m An Old Cowhand (alternate take)
08. Come, Gone (alternate take)
09. Way Out West (alternate take)

Sonny Rollins – tenoe saxophone
Ray Brown – bass
Shelly Manne – drums
Produced by Lester Koenig. Recording engineer: Roy DuNann.
Recorded at Contemporary’s Studio in Los Angeles, CA. March 7, 1957.

About the Mastering:
This music was recorded using only vacuum-tube components. As this is the primary reason the sound is so lush and natural, Doug Sax mastered this recording from the original analog tapes using the Mastering Lab’s proprietary all-tube electronics until the final digital conversion. Sax used the latest third-generation Analog-to-DSD converters by Ed Meitner/EMM Labs to transfer the music to the SACD layer.




Sonny Rollins – Vol.2 (1957) [Analogue Productions 2010] SACD ISO

Sonny Rollins – Vol.2 (1957) [APO Remaster 2010]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:46 minutes | Scans included | 1,73 GB
Genre: Jazz

Sonny Rollins, Vol. 2, recorded for Blue Note, is a timeless session and a milestone in jazz history that gathered together some of the founding fathers of the post-bop era. Joining Rollins are Jazz Messengers Art Blakey on drums and Horace Silver on piano, Miles Davis’ favorite bassist Paul Chambers, the quintessential trombonist J.J. Johnson, and even Thelonious Monk himself. The tour de force in swing begins with a bang and doesn’t let up until the last note has faded away. Rollins’ own uptempo “Why Don’t I” kicks off the session with a rhythmic jolt before his big tenor launches into a classic swinging solo followed by turns from Johnson and Silver and some heated exchanges with Blakey. The aptly titled “Wail March” begins deceptively with a street-beat groove before careening into several blistering solo choruses. Monk sits in for his own “Misterioso” and “Reflections,” two quintessential works from this eccentric master that are given excellent readings here. The bouncing “You Stepped Out of a Dream” provides some tasty interaction between Rollins and Johnson. Finally, the lilting “Poor Butterfly” is a nice bluesy ending to this all-star session.

01. Why Don’t I
02. Wail March
03. Misterioso
04. Reflections
05. You Stepped Out of a Dream
06. Poor Butterfly

Sonny Rollins – tenor sax
Paul Chambers – bass
J.J. Johnson – trombone
Thelonious Monk – piano
Horace Silver – piano
Art Blakey – drums




Sonny Rollins – Supreme Jazz (2006) [2.0 & 5.1] SACD ISO

Sonny Rollins – Supreme Jazz (2006) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 57:51 minutes | Scans included | 3,47 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Genre: Jazz

Sonny Rollins continues to be one of the great innovators of jazz. He is a restless individual, and he has spent long periods of his life studying various philosophies and disciplines as well as music. As a saxophone player, he is considered as important an individual as Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and John Coltrane.

01. The Stopper
02. No Moe
03. In A Sentimental Mood
04. The Way Yo Look Tonight
05. Raincheck
06. Paradox
07. The Are Such Things
08. It’s All Right With Me
09. There’s No Business Like Show Business
10. Count Your Blessings
11. Kiss And Run

Tracks “01-03” Recorded on October 7, 1953
Sonny Rollins (ts), John Lewis (p), Milt Jackson (vib), Percy Heath (b), Kenny Clarke (d).

Track “04” – Hackensack, October 25, 1954
Sonny Rollins (ts), Thelonious Monk (p), Tommy Potter (b), Art Taylor (d).

Tracks “05-09” – Hackensack, December 2, 1955
Sonny Rollins (ts), Ray Bryant (p), George Morrow (b), Max Roach (d).

Tracks “10-11” – New York, March 22, 1956
Sonny Rollins (ts), Clifford Brown (tp), Max Roach (d), Richie Powell (p), George Morrow (b).




Sonny Rollins – Plus Four (1956) [MFSL 2003] SACD ISO

Sonny Rollins – Plus Four (1956) [MFSL 2003]
PS3 Rip | ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 32:22 minutes | Scans included | 1,31 GB
Genre: Jazz

In 1956 Sonny Rollins used the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet (of which he was a member) as his sidemen for this Prestige set. The high points of this particularly strong hard bop set include “Valse Hot” (an early jazz waltz), a rapid rendition of “I Feel a Song Coming On,” and Rollins’s classic “Pent-Up House.” Trumpeter Brown (heard on one of his final sessions) is in excellent form, as is the strong rhythm section and the young tenor-leader himself.

01. Valse Hot
02. Kiss And Run
03. I Feel A Song Comming On
04. Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep
05. Pent-Up House

Remastered by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sebastopol, CA. in August 2002.
Released as UDSACD 2006.




Sonny Rollins – Sonny Rollins On Impulse! (1965) [Analogue Productions Remaster 2011] SACD ISO

Sonny Rollins – On Impulse! (1965) [Analogue Productions Remaster 2011]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 Stereo > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 34:33 minutes | Scans included | 1,42 GB
Genre: Jazz

In 1965 and 1966 tenor giant Sonny Rollins issued three albums for the Impulse label. They would be his last until 1972 when he re-emerged on the scene from a self-imposed retirement. This date is significant for the manner in which Rollins attacks five standards with a quartet that included pianist Ray Bryant, bassist Walter Booker and drummer Mickey Roker. Rollins, who’s been recording for RCA and its Bluebird subsidiary, had spent the previous three years (after emerging from his first retirement) concentrating on standards and focusing deeply on intimate, intricate aspects of melody and harmony. He inverts the approach here, and digs deeply into pulse and rhythm and leaving melody to take care of itself. This is not a “new thing” date but instead focuses on playing according to the dictates of the rhythm section and on interchanging with Booker and Roker, leaving much of the melodic aspect of these tunes to Bryant. Rollins could never quite leave the melody out of anything he played because of his intense gift as a lyrical improviser; he nonetheless stripped his approach back and played tunes like “On Green Dolphin Street” by improvising according to theme rather than strict melody, where his interplay with the rhythm section becomes based on the dynamic and shifting times played by Roker. While things are more intimate and straight on “Everything Happens to Me,” he nonetheless plays the edges, filling the space like a drummer. Melody happens throughout, the tune is recognizable, but it is stretched in his solo to a theme set by the shimmering cymbals and brushed snare work of Roker. The oddest cuts in the set are the last two; spaced out readings of “Blue Room,” and “Three Little Words”; they sound as if he were preparing the listener for a true change in his approach. Melody gets inverted, with spaces and syncopation taking the place of notes. The swing is inherent in everything here, but it’s clear that the saxophonist was hearing something else in his head, the way he squeezes notes tightly into some phrases where they might be placed elsewhere, and substitutes small, lithe lines inside Bryant’s solos which dictate the harmonic intervals more conventionally with his singing approach. And speaking of rhythm, the album’s hinge piece is the burning calypso “Hold “Em Joe.” Here again, as Bryant’s changes play it straight, Rollins shoves his horn inside them and draws out the beat on his horn over and over again. As strange and beautiful as this record sounds, it would have been wonderful if he had chosen to explore this track on his later records, but that restless spirit was already moving onto something else, as evidenced by his next offering, which were his original compositions for the film Alfie with arrangements by Oliver Nelson. If anything, Sonny Rollins on Impulse! feels as if it were a recording Rollins had to get out of his system. But thank goodness for us because it’s a winner through and through.

01. On Green Dolphin Street
02. Everything Happens To Me
03. Hold ‘Em Joe
04. Blue Room
05. Three Little Words

Produced by Bob Thiele.
Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder.
Recorded on July 8, 1965.

Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
Ray Bryant – piano
Walter Booker – bass
Mickey Roker – drums




Sonny Rollins – The Bridge (1962/2013) [Jazz, HDTracks, FLAC 176.4kHz/24bit]

Artist: Sonny Rollins
Title: The Bridge
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1962/2013
Label: Sony Music
Duration: 40:39
Quality: FLAC 176.4kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks

The Bridge was the album that marked Sonny Rollins' return to recording after a three-year self-imposed hiatus that began in 1959. Rollins spent most of those three years practicing alone up on the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City: "I would be up there 15 or 16 hours at a time spring, summer, fall and winter". The Bridge, his first solo recording after returning to performance, took its name from those practicing sessions. Consistently impressive is the interplay between Rollins and Hall, and the record is considered a classic by jazz aficionados today.

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