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Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Sonny Rollins's career "out West" in California was, at the time this session was recorded, confined mainly to playing live. He'd done one outstanding record with a California-based band (Out West) but found time to cut so... more »
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Sonny Rollins's career "out West" in California was, at the time this session was recorded, confined mainly to playing live. He'd done one outstanding record with a California-based band (Out West) but found time to cut some tunes with Hampton Hawes, Leroy Vinnegar, Barney Kessel, and Shelly Manne. As Contemporary Records-founder Lester Koenig remarks in the liner notes, Rollins characteristically unpacked a massive sheaf of music from which to pull tunes for the session. Like Out West, the tunes are at least idiosyncratic. When's the last time a postbop pioneer played anything like "Rock-a-Bye Baby with a Dixie Melody"? And the guitar-bass-sax trio on "I've Found a New Baby" slides off pristinely with its walking bass line, sharp strums, and Rollins's array of tongue effects and wafting tone that comes off its floating plateau to pounce on the melody repeatedly. Rollins sounds enthralled to be in this company, playing big-bodied lines and fluid loops. This is exceptional Rollins, plain and simple. --Andrew Bartlett
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Michael B. Richman | Portland, Maine USA | 07/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders" brings together some of the best and most popular West Coast Jazz musicians of the late 50s with the master tenor saxophonist. If you think the lineup of Hampton Hawes, Barney Kessel, Leroy Vinegar and Shelly Manne is odd, wait until you see the repertoire! However, in all its unlikelyhood, it works, particularly with the guitar-bass-tenor sax trio on "How High the Moon" and on "You," which finds Victor Feldman sitting in with the band on vibes. The final track, "The Song Is You," explodes with a double-fast, double-time rhythm pulse. It's a fitting end for a leading effort by Sonny and the Leaders."
Another great session.
Slaninka Frantisek | Bratislava Slovakia | 08/31/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is superb last studio session before Rollins almost 3 years gap. And it's from his artistic peak. He plays with great feeling sometimes very quick (The Song Is You) and sometimes economical (How High The Moon, I've found a new baby - with interesting one tone passage in mid part) but always perfect. But whole band plays great. Perfect production too . Like band's playing in my living room. I love similar productions, it's the best in jazz."