Sonny Rollins - Rollins Plays For Bird (Mono)
Sonny Rollins - Rollins Plays For Bird (Mono)
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Sonny Rollins - Rollins Plays For Bird (Mono)
Sonny Rollins - Rollins Plays For Bird (Mono)

Sonny Rollins - Rollins Plays For Bird (Mono)

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Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone [click here to see more vinyl featuring Sonny Rollins]

Kenny Dorham, trumpet [click here to see more vinyl featuring Kenny Dorham]

Max Roach, drums [click here to see more vinyl featuring Max Roach]

Wade Legge, piano

George Morrow, bass

1 LP,  Deluxe high-gloss tip-on album jacket

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press : Quality Record Pressings

Label : Analogue Productions

Original Label :  Prestige

Recorded October 5, 1956 in Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey by Rudy Van Gelder

Produced by Bob Weinstock

Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

Originally released in 1956

Reissued in 2014


Side A:

  1. I Remember You
  2. My Melancholy Baby
  3. Old Folks
  4. They Can't Take That Away From Me
  5. Just Friends
  6. My Little Suede Shoes
  7. Star Eyes

Side B:

  1. I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face
  2. Kids Know


Reviews :

“As the tenor sax is not in the same key as an alto, Sonny Rollins would have to transpose a lot of music to take a tribute to Charlie Parker to a high level. Instead Rollins has chosen standards associated with Parker, and recorded them within a year after Bird's passing. This idea poses some peculiar challenges, added on to the fact that the quintet of Rollins starts the proceedings with a 27-minute medley of seven tunes seamlessly stitched together. Pianist Wade Legge, an unsung hero of jazz in the '50s for sure, plays some wonderful music here, and laces the grooves of the tunes together, while bassist George Morrow and the always exceptional drummer Max Roach keep things moving forward. Even more unusual is that trumpeter Kenny Dorham is in many instances invisible on the date, playing less than a cursory role to Rollins. Dorham rarely plays together with him, and is much more separate than equal, which in many regards is a shame. Considering how well Dorham and tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson worked as a tandem, one wonders why this happened. The music certainly has its moments, as on the inexhaustible medley. Rollins plays the melody on alternating songs "I Remember You" and "They Can't Take That Away from Me," Dorham has at it for "My Melancholy Baby" and "Just Friends," with Legge getting his two cents in on trio only versions of "Old Folks" and "My Little Suede Shoes." Finally the whole band joins in on the ten-minute finale "Star Eyes." Even for the heartiest fans, this long-winded exercise might prove taxing. Rollins does the ballad "I've Grown Accustomed to Your (Her) Face," and the horns finally play together for the nearly 12-minute cool waltz "Kids Know." A disappointment in terms of the division of labor, and not the merging of titans jazz lovers would have wished for, this recording still provides a great deal of high level music that could have been so much more.” AllMusic Review by Michael G. Nastos


Ratings :

AllMusic :  4 / 5 ,  Discogs :  4.43  / 5

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