Sonny Rollins, The Sound of Sonny (1957)
One of the earlier Sonny Rollins albums – his first for the Riverside label. Well he’d made several albums by this point, and all rather quickly, over a couple of years, but 1957 is a crucial, pivotal year. And I think of this as one of the earliest because it was one of the earliest I heard; might have been the first time I heard Sonny on an album as a leader even…this and one or two others sit high in my mind. And they’re such fabulous records. This and Tenor Madness too. They’re the ones I remember best. The players on here! Sonny Clark on piano, Percy Heath and Paul Chambers alternating on bass and the great Roy Haynes on drums. Oh man. You could listen to this record for the single contributions of any one of the players involved. But Sonny Rollins lives and breathes his playing – there’s something spiritual and beautiful and relaxed and wonderful about his tone and his approach. He’s possibly my all-time favourite and this is certainly one of my favourite albums by him.
Sample Track: The Last Time I Saw Paris
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