CD The Freelance Years: The Complete Riverside and Contemporary Recordings [Box] (CD 190670), Audio Other
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The Freelance Years: The Complete Riverside and Contemporary Recordings [Box]


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Brilliant Corners
    2. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are
    3. Bemsha Swing
    4. Pannonica
    5. I'm an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande)
    6. Way Out West
    7. Come, Gone
    8. There Is No Greater Love
    9. Wagon Wheels
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Solitude
    2. I'm an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande) - (alternate take)
    3. Come, Gone - (alternate take)
    4. There Is No Greater Love - (Take 2)
    5. Way Out West - (alternate take)
    6. Falling in Love With Love
    7. My Old Flame
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Villa, La
    2. I'll Remember April
    3. Last Time I Saw Paris, The
    4. Just in Time
    5. Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye
    6. What Is There to Say?
    7. Dearly Beloved
    8. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
    9. Cutie
    10. It Could Happen to You
    11. Mangos
    12. Funky Hotel Blues
    13. Porgy
    14. I Must Have That Man!
    15. When a Woman Loves a Man
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Strong Man
    2. Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe
    3. That's Him
    4. My Man
    5. Don't Explain
    6. I Must Have That Man! - (Take 3, alternate take 3)
    7. Porgy - (alternate take, alternate take 1)
    8. Sonnymoon for Two
    9. Like Someone in Love
    10. Theme from Tchaikovsky's Symphony Pathetique
    11. Till There Was You - (Take 4)
    12. Someday I'll Find You
    13. Will You Still Be Mine?
    14. Shadow Waltz
    15. Till There Was You - (alternate take, alternate take 3)
    0. DISC 5:
    1. Freedom Suite, The
    2. I've Told Ev'ry Little Star
    3. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody
    4. How High the Moon
    5. You
    6. I've Found a New Baby
    7. Alone Together
    8. Song Is You, The
    9. In the Chapel in the Moonlight
    10. You - (alternate take)
    11. I've Found a New Baby - (alternate take)
    12. Song Is You, The - (alternate take)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4427

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    This box set contains tracks recorded by or featuring Sonny Rollins while recording for Riverside & Contemporary Records between 1956 & 1958.
    Personnel: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Abbey Lincoln (vocals); Ernie Henry (alto saxophone); Clark Terry, Kenny Dorham (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); Victor Feldman (vibraphone); Thelonious Monk (piano, celeste); Sonny Clark, Hank Jones, Wynton Kelly, Gil Coggins, Hampton Hawes (piano); Barney Kessel (guitar); Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, Oscar Pettiford, Percy Heath, Wendall Marshall, Leroy Vinnegar (bass); Max Roach (drums, tympani); Shelly Manne, Roy Haynes, Kenny Dennis (drums).
    Producers: Orrin Keepnews, Lester Koenig, Leonard Feather.
    Compilation producer: Eric Miller.
    Engineers include: Jack Higgins, Sam Morse, Roy DuNann.
    Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York, New York between December 1956 and October 28, 1957; WOR Recording Studios, New York, New York in February 1958; Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, California on March 7, 1957 and from October 20-22, 1958; Beltone Studios, New York, New York on November 4, 1957. Includes liner notes by Zan Stewart.
    Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (2000, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
    Personnel: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Abbey Lincoln (vocals); Barney Kessel (guitar); Ernie Henry (alto saxophone); Clark Terry, Kenny Dorham (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); Thelonious Monk (piano, celesta); Gil Coggins, Hampton Hawes, Hank Jones (piano); Victor Feldman (vibraphone); Max Roach, Shelly Manne, Kenny Dennis (drums).
    Recording information: 12/17/1956-10/22/1958.
    This beautifully crafted set encompasses a vital and fruitful period in the career of Sonny Rollins. Gathering the sessions for both Riverside and Contemporary Records between 1956 and 1958, this five-disc box is chock-full of the magic that has made Rollins the legendary icon he is. Not only are the saxophonist's essential records WAY OUT WEST, THE SOUND OF SONNY, SONNY ROLLINS PLAYS, FREEDOM SUITE, and SONNY ROLLINS AND THE CONTEMPORARY LEADERS included, but classic sessions led by Thelonious Monk, Kenny Dorham, and Abbey Lincoln are also here.
    Together these discs show Rollins as a magnificent soloist who had his style fully developed while John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter were still in finishing school. The included booklet contains a thoughtfully written essay on Rollins during this period and a priceless collection of photographs of the legendary participants herein. Even if you only dimly consider yourself a Sonny Rollins fan, these recordings should be in your collection.

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (6/00, pp.99-100) - "...Never less than excellent and often great....Rollins is in great from here, utterly relaxed....don't bother to buy any contemporary tenor sax releases until you have [this]..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (10/00, p.106) - "...This was as fertile a 2 years as any jazz man ever had....he is belligerently melodic, swaggeringly rhythmic, witty and profound..."
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