Sonny Rollins

Alternate Takes

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This LP contains alternate versions of selections from two famous Sonny Rollins albums: Way Out West and Sonny Rollins & the Contemporary Leaders. These "new" renditions of "I'm an Old Cowhand," "Come, Gone," "Way Out West," "The Song Is You," "You," and "I've Found a New Baby" (released for the first time in the mid-'80s) hold their own against the classic versions. Rollins is heard with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne on the first session, and is joined by a four-piece rhythm section (including pianist Hampton Hawes and guitarist Barney Kessel) on the later date. In any case, the music is often hard-swinging and is frequently superb.

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