Sonny Rollins

Vintage Sessions

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This excellent two-LP set (all of its contents have since been reissued on CD) perfectly sums up the early years of Sonny Rollins's career. First he is heard in 1951 jamming "I Know" (based on the chords of "Confirmation") at the end of a Miles Davis session; in fact Davis is heard comping on piano. The remainder of this two-fer finds Rollins in the leadership role on four seperate sessions from 1951-54 with such illustrious sidemen as pianists Thelonious Monk (for three lengthy standards), Elmo Hope and Kenny Drew, drummer Art Blakey and the entire Modern Jazz Quartet. The young tenor-saxophonist was quickly developing his own sound and can be heard here on the brink of greatness.