Sonny Rollins Plus 4

Performers Sonny Rollins

Original Jazz Classics | January 1, 1990 | Compact Disc

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Personnel: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Clifford Brown (trumpet); Richie Powell (piano); George Morrow (bass); Max Roach (drums). Recorded in New York, New York on March 22, 1956. Originally released on Prestige (7038). Includes original release liner notes by Ira Gitler. By the spring of 1956, when Sonny Rollins made this historic recording, he was a charter member of Brown-Roach Incorporated. Over the next few months Rollins would cement his greatness by recording TENOR MADNESS and SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS--timeless recordings which herald his arrival as the most commanding saxophonist of his generation. Following his Chicago sabbatical of 1955-56, Rollins was spiritually and physically rejuvenated. And on this date, Rollins fronts the band, clearly inspired by Roach and Brown's depth of spirit. His harmonic eloquence and ease of phrasing signify a new level of personal mastery, and the joyous interplay throughout PLUS 4 is indicative of the innovative new directions the group was pursuing before Brown's ill-fated automobile accident later that summer. Multi-dimensional re-arrangements of popular songs were a Brown-Roach trademark. "Kiss And Run" is treated to a stop and go intro, then settles into a brisk 4/4, as Rollins, Brown and the perenially underrated Richie Powell fashion long dancing lines. "I Feel A Song Coming On" creates tension by alternating a vamp figure with a swinging release. Rollins takes an immense solo, contrasting chanting figures and foghorn-like long tones with Parker-ish elisions, and Brown answers with buzzing figures and daring harmonic extensions. Then Roach takes things out with sweeping melodic choruses and polyrhythmic fanfares, setting the stage for a torrid tenor-trumpet duel. On "Valse Hot," we have an early example of a successful jazz waltz as Rollins offers up one of his most charming themes. Max Roach treats the European three with the dancing elan of an American four, and Rollins responds by floating in between the beat, syncopating in Monkish stabs and thrusts, as Brown answers with the kind of rhythmically complex, sweetly articulated melodic lines that have inspired every modern trumpeter.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 1, 1990

Genre: Tenor Sax

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Mono

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1956

Label Name: Original Jazz Classics

UPC: 025218624329

Found in: Tenor Sax

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Sonny Rollins Plus 4

Sonny Rollins Plus 4

Performers Sonny Rollins
Producer Bob Weinstock
Engineer Rudy Van Gelder

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 1, 1990

Genre: Tenor Sax

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Mono

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1956

Label Name: Original Jazz Classics

UPC: 025218624329


Title Track Time
1.Valse Hot --
2.Kiss And Run --
3.I Feel A Song Comin' On --
4.Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep --
5.Pent-Up House --

Editorial Notes

Personnel: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Clifford Brown (trumpet); Richie Powell (piano); George Morrow (bass); Max Roach (drums). Recorded in New York, New York on March 22, 1956. Originally released on Prestige (7038). Includes original release liner notes by Ira Gitler. By the spring of 1956, when Sonny Rollins made this historic recording, he was a charter member of Brown-Roach Incorporated. Over the next few months Rollins would cement his greatness by recording TENOR MADNESS and SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS--timeless recordings which herald his arrival as the most commanding saxophonist of his generation. Following his Chicago sabbatical of 1955-56, Rollins was spiritually and physically rejuvenated. And on this date, Rollins fronts the band, clearly inspired by Roach and Brown's depth of spirit. His harmonic eloquence and ease of phrasing signify a new level of personal mastery, and the joyous interplay throughout PLUS 4 is indicative of the innovative new directions the group was pursuing before Brown's ill-fated automobile accident later that summer. Multi-dimensional re-arrangements of popular songs were a Brown-Roach trademark. "Kiss And Run" is treated to a stop and go intro, then settles into a brisk 4/4, as Rollins, Brown and the perenially underrated Richie Powell fashion long dancing lines. "I Feel A Song Coming On" creates tension by alternating a vamp figure with a swinging release. Rollins takes an immense solo, contrasting chanting figures and foghorn-like long tones with Parker-ish elisions, and Brown answers with buzzing figures and daring harmonic extensions. Then Roach takes things out with sweeping melodic choruses and polyrhythmic fanfares, setting the stage for a torrid tenor-trumpet duel. On "Valse Hot," we have an early example of a successful jazz waltz as Rollins offers up one of his most charming themes. Max Roach treats the European three with the dancing elan of an American four, and Rollins responds by floating in between the beat, syncopating in Monkish stabs and thrusts, as Brown answers with the kind of rhythmically complex, sweetly articulated melodic lines that have inspired every modern trumpeter.
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