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Blue Note Mono 509996-85464-1-0 Music from EMI
"I’ve heard a lot of Blue Note originals and myriad reissues over the years, but based on the sample test pressings heard so far, none—and I mean none—convey the intensity of living, breathing music-making the way the Music Matter’s Blue Note series does. The sense of air, texture, and dynamic pop in these grooves is astonishing." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound
Improvisation in its truest sense is the keynote of this extraordinary album. Recorded at the Village Gate in New York City, these performances are unusually spontaneous even for an artist as freely creative as Sonny Rollins.
Not only is this album remarkable in iteself, but it indicates a direction from which more extraordinary music is still to come.
45rpm Limited Edition
This was Sonny's second Contemporary album and his second West Coast session,
In this album, Rollins is working along a couple of, for him, relatively unexplored avenues....
Whenever Max Roach introduces the members of his exciting quintet, he saces Sonny Rollins for last and describes him as, "The man whom we believe to be at the top of the heap of modern tenor saxophonists."
The resulting recordings burst forth with confidence and enthusiasm...
It might be hard to believe – but this album bubbles and seethes from the very first minute on, even though the piano stool is empty!
Sonny Rollins has never hesitated to try something new, and in this album he certainly has done it again. Whether blowing his long semi-abstract solos or exploding short phrases with his sidemen, Sonny is totally at home with the bossa-nova and other Latin rhythms.