Monday, November 14, 2011

Sonny Rollins - Sonny Rollins & The Big Brass (1958) [Remastered 1999]

Sonny Rollins - Sonny Rollins & The Big Brass (1958) [Remastered 1999]
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Genre ~ Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz | Label ~ Verve Music Group

Big Brass is an appropiate name for the large ensemble arranged and conducted by Ernie Wilkins that accompanies the huge sound of Sonny Rollins. The energy within the leader's gospel-flavored shout "Grand Street" is considerable, while a swinging but no less powerful version of George & Ira Gershwin's "Who Cares" features a choice solo by guitarist Rene Thomas. Also added to this compilation are trio recordings with bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Specs Wright, including a brilliant leisurely stroll through "Manhattan," along with Rollins' tour de force unaccompanied tenor sax on "Body and Soul." Another bonus is the presence of four tracks recorded at the Music Inn with three-quarters of the Modern Jazz Quartet (without Milt Jackson); an easygoing version of Rollins' well-known "Doxy" and a tense "Limehouse Blues" are especially noteworthy. The alternate endings to "Grand Street" from the mono version of the original LP and a later reissue LP are included only for the most fanatic completists. ~ AllMusic


1. Grand Street
2. Far Out East
3. Who Cares?
4. Love Is A Simple Thing
5. What's My Name?
6. If You Were The Only Girl In The World
7. Manhattan
8. Body And Soul
9. Doxy
10. Limehouse Blues
11. I'll Follow My Secret Heart
12. You Are Too Beautiful
13. Grand Street (Mono LP Ending)
14. Grand Street (Verve LP Ending)

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