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Sonny Rollins' 1956 masterpiece Saxophone Colossus was the tenor saxophonist's career defining release, officially elevating his status to that of the jazz elite. The iconic 5-song set finds Rollins in a quartet setting with Tommy Flanagan (piano), Doug Watkins (bass) and Max Roach (drums) performing a trio of essential originals and two equally as impressive standards. Hands down one of the greatest albums ever issued on the Prestige label!1. Saint Thomas
2. You Don´t Know What Love Is
3. Strode Rode
5. Blue 7$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Volume Two (MONO)Outside of Paul Chambers, who was employed as Miles Davis's bassist at this time, all of the other players on these April 1957 RVG Hackensack dates were leaders of their own renowned groups; a reflection of the respect they all shared for the date leader, Sonny Rollins. Besides Chambers, with J.J. Johnson on trombone, Art Blakey behind the drums and alternating pianists Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver, who both play on the now-famous version of Misterioso, the words All-Star seem almost demeaning to this conclave. The resulting recordings burst forth with confidence and enthusiasm, capturing a fire and passion usually found only with uninhibited live dates and not the constraints of a recording studio. Exceptional versions of Poor Butterfly and You Stepped Out Of a Dream elevate this record to monumental status. Mastered and cut on an all tube pure mono cutting system by Bernie Grundman. Pressed on Classic's proprietary 200g super vinyl profile for the best and most authentic sound possible1. Why Don't I
2. Wail March
5. You Stepped Out of a Dream
6. Poor Butterfly$32.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
Newk's TimeNewk's Time is an album by Sonny Rollins. It was his third album for Blue Note Records, recorded in 1957 and released in 1958. The title of the album is a reference to Rollins' nickname Newk, which is apparently based on his resemblance to Donald Newcombe, a Major League Baseball pitcher who shared the same nickname.1. Tune Up
2. Asiatic Raes
3. Wonderful! Wonderful!
4. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
5. Blues For Philly Joe$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Sonny Meets Hawk! (Pure Pleasure)This is a memorable meeting of a pair of genial giants - Sonny Rollins, who has been called again and again the boss of the modern tenor sax, and Coleman Hawkins, who is the father of jazz saxophone playing.
Each has made enormous contributions to jazz improvisation, beyond the limits of his instrument. The sum total of their work forms the impressive foundation for this once-in-a-lifetime album.
This recording is extraordinary in every sense, and not merely in that it marks the first time (except for a brief on-stage appearance at the 1963 Newport Jazz Festival, which inspired this studio recording) that these great musicians have played together. Each has blended his own strong personality with the other's, yet neither has lost his individuality. Where one reaches into the other's 'bag', it is done with musical logic and respect; always, the goal of a cohesive duet relationship is uppermost in each of their minds. And perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of this album is that neither musician plays safe; each exercises his powerful imagination throughout, running all the risks entailed in daring improvisation - but gaining also the satisfactions inherent in such an approach.
- Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone)
- Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone)
- Paul Bley (piano)
- Henry Grimes (bass)
- Bob Cranshaw (bass)
- Roy McCurdy (drums)
Recording: July 1963 in New York City by Mickey Crofford and Paul Goodman
Production: George Avakian
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Yesterdays
2. All the Things You Are
4. Just Friends
5. Lover Man
6. At McKie's$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign
Sonny Rollins, Volume 1 is a jazz album by Sonny Rollins, his first effort for the Blue Note label.1. Decision
3. How Are Things In Glocca Morra?
4. Plain Jane
5. Sonnysphere$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Freedom SuiteA successful combination of swinging boogaloo rhythms and sincere, soulful soloing, Soul Message is an enduring good-time record and a true gem in
organist Richard "Groove" Holmes' illustrious career. Recorded in 1965 at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, this set more than lives up to
"Groove's" middle name as the combo of Holmes, guitarist Gene Edwards, and drummer Jimmie Smith swing with carefree ease through two originals
and four jazz standbys, including a smash hit version of "Misty." Jazz fans in search of some seriously swinging organ jazz need look no further than Soul
Message - now available on vinyl.
With 15 albums under his belt, Sonny Rollins was poised to make a bold statement with 1958's Freedom Suite. Sporting a Mohawk haircut on the inside
cover, Rollins was driven by the political climate at the time, acknowledging and questioning his place in society as an African American in the midst of the
Civil Rights Movement. In the nearly 20-minute long title track, comprised of five movements, Rollins and his longtime collaborators - drummer Max
Roach and bassist Oscar Pettiford - were able to dig deep and explore the melodic structure. Side B is comprised of four Broadway showtunes and
standards, which Rollins, Roach and Pettiford make their own. An inspired and vibrant boundary-pushing album.1. The Freedom Suite
2. Someday I'll Find You
3. Will You Still Be Mine?
4. Till There Was You (Take 4)
5. Shadow Waltz$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tenor Madness (Mono)1956's Tenor Madness was officially the recording that established Sonny Rollins as one of jazz's elite tenor saxophonists and it stands alongside Saxophone Collossus as one of his masterworks. The fact that he enlists the talents of Miles Davis' then rhythm section of Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Philly Joe Jones for the date certainly doesn't hurt matters either. John Coltrane, who was also in Davis' group at the time, is notably featured here on the legendary title track, his only recording with Rollins.1. My Reverie
2. Paul's Pal
3. The Most Beautiful Girl In the World
4. When Your Lover Has Gone
5. Tenor Madness$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
Way Out WestImport1. I'm An Old Cowhand
3. Come, Gone
4. Wagon Wheels
5. There Is No Greater Love
6. Way Out West$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Clifford Brown & Max Roach Emarcy AlbumsPioneers Of Hard Bop
In 1954, months before the Jazz Messengers, spearheaded by Art Blakey and Horace Silver, formed serendipitously at a Blue Note recordings session, Max Roach was forming his own quintet with Clifford Brown in Los Angeles. It would become the first defining group in the music that would soon be known as hard bop.
There was some trial and error in landing on the perfect combination of players. But by August, the group's line-up with Harold Land, Richie Powell and George Morrow and a major label deal with Emarcy Records were secured. Four marathon sessions that month yielded Brown And Roach Incorporated and most of the second album Clifford Brown And Max Roach.
What was immediately striking was the fresh sound of the quintet. The remarkable empathy within the group, the careful selection of material and the exciting arrangements by Powell all contributed mightily to that sound. Clifford Brown had come into his own as composer as Sweet Clifford, Joy Spring and Daahoud demonstrate. It didn't hurt that Roach and Brown were complete originals and among the greatest performers on their instruments.
Six months later, the ensemble went into the studio to cut 11 gems, two of which were used to complete Clifford Brown And Max Roach while the rest formed the third album Study In Brown. Their growth as a band is evident and, by this time, Powell and Land were also composing for the group.
In late 1955, Harold Land left the quintet for personal reasons. Roach recruited Sonny Rollins, who was available and at the top of his game. The chemistry between Rollins and Brown was immediate. In January and February 1956, they cut the quintet's final album At Basin Street which was actually a studio album. On fact, it was stunning studio album from any point of view.
On June 26, 1956, a car accident took the life of Brown and Powell, bringing this brilliant ensemble's legacy to a close. Brown had done many side projects for Emarcy in those two years, but it is the four albums by the quintet that have had the most enduring influence on successive generations of jazz artists. In the words of liner note writer Bob Blumenthal, the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet created one of the very greatest string of small-group recordings in jazz history, worthy of consideration alongside the Hot Fives and Sevens of Louis Armstrong and the quintets of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.
Mosaic has returned to the original analog masters of these four seminal albums and remastered them and pressed them on 180-gram vinyl at the renowned Record Technology Inc. plant in Camarillo, California. The booklet boasted a great essay by Bob Blumenthal and a wealth of photographs by Chuck Stewart and Francis Wolff.LP1
1. Sweet Clifford
2. (I Don't Stand A) Ghost Of A Chance With You
3. Stompin' At The Savoy
4. I'll String Along With You
6. Darn That Dream
7. I Get A Kick Out Of You
2. Parisian Thoroughfare
3. The Blues Walk
5. Joy Spring
7. What Am I Here For?
4. Land's End
5. George's Dilemma
7. Gerkin For Perkin
8. If I Love Again
9. Take The A Train
1. What Is This Thing Called Love?
2. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
3. I'll Remember April
4. Powell's Prances
6. The Scene Is Clean
7. Gertrude's Bounce$99.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 4 LPs Buy Now
SCMU-PRE-7012xMiles Davis f. Sonny Rollins
It's Only A Paper Moon
Out Of The Blue$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Rollins Plays For Bird (Mono)1956's Rollins Plays For Bird was recorded within a year of Charlie Parker's death and features a 7-song, 27-minute medley of material associated with the jazz legend along with the independent numbers I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face and Kids Know. Accompanying Rollins on the session are Wade Legge (piano), George Morrow (bass), Max Roach (drums) and Kenny Dorham (trumpet).1. Medley: I Remember You/My Melancholy Baby/Old Folks/They Can't Take That Away From Me/Just Friends/My Little Suede Shoes/Star Eyes
2. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
3. Kids Know$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
The BridgeThe music on this 1962 LP has been reissued many times, including in the Bluebird series. Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins' first recording after ending a surprising three-year retirement found the great saxophonist sounding very similar to how he had played in 1959, although he would soon start investigating freer forms. In a pianoless quartet with guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Ben Riley, Rollins explores four standards (including Without a Song and God Bless the Child) plus two fiery originals (highlighted by the title cut). The interplay between Rollins and Hall is consistently impressive, making this LP a near-classic and a very successful comeback.
- All Music Guide1. Without a Song
2. Where Are You?
3. John S.
4. The Bridge
5. God Bless the Child
6. You Do Something to Me$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
What's New?Side One
1. If Ever I Would Leave You
4. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
5. Brownskin Girl$13.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
A Night at the Village Vanguard
Remastered And Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign
A Night At The Village Vangaurd was recorded in 1957 by jazz great Sonny Rollins. The album features Rollins on tenor sax, Wilbur Ware on bass, Elvin
Jones on drums, Donald Bailey on bass and Pete La Roca on drums. Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering this album will be
reissued on vinyl as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don
Was.1. Old Devil Moon
2. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
3. Striver's Row
4. Sonnymoon For Two
5. A Night In Tunisia
6. I Can't Get Started$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Settin' The PaceThis is John Coltrane from the period when he was a member of Miles Davis' legendary 1950s quintet, accompanied by fellow quintet members Red Garland and Paul Chambers. This is Coltrane in a relaxed bop mode, making some swinging, relaxed jazz in the vein of Sonny Rollins and Stan Getz (the latter in his more boppish mode). This is not the fire-breathing saxophonist of the mid-'60s, but a player who was beginning to push against the boundaries, all the while playing with thoughtful, imaginative lyricism. It's a set of little-known pop tunes of the era, with the exception of Jackie McLean's Little Melonae. Anyone who likes the mainstream jazz of the '50s, or Miles' music of that time, or Coltrane fans who want to hear their idol in an easygoing context, should pick this up.
- Rovi Staff (All Music Guide)1. I See Your Face Before Me
2. If There is Someone Lovelier Than You
3. Little Melonae
4. Rise 'N' Shine$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary LeadersWhat Would You Do?
Fast Livin' Blues
Saturday Night Fish Fry
Do You Call That A Buddy
I'll Die Happy
Another Get Together
Stop and Go Blues
I Never Get Enough Of You$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Plus FourA 150 gram vinyl reissue of the famed jazz album by Sonny Rollins, released in 1956 on Prestige Records. On this album Rollins plays with the Clifford
Brown/Max Roach Quintet, of which he was a member at the time. The album was the last full recording including pianist Richie Powell and trumpeter
Clifford Brown, as both died in a car accident three months later.
-Sonny Rollins - tenor saxophone
-Clifford Brown - trumpet
-Max Roach - drums
-Richie Powell - piano
-George Morrow - bass1. Valse Hot
2. Kiss and Run
3. I Feel a Song Coming On
4. Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
5. Pent-Up House$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Special Vinyl Reissue In A Series Of Special 2014 Releases Commemorating The 65th Anniversary Of Prestige Records And The 90th Birthday Of Legendary
Recording Engineer Rudy Van Gelder
Originally released in 1956, Collectors' Items consists of two studio sessions recorded over roughly three years, with a menagerie of musicians taking
part. Because of the amount of time between each session (1953 and 1956), fans will get an intimate peek into the artistic maturation of the esteemed
artists who took part in the recordings. Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker (who recorded under the name "Charlie Chan" to avoid contractual issues while
under a rival label), Paul Chambers, Art Taylor and Tommy Flanagan were just some of the names who joined Davis in the studio. Collectors' Items opens
the studio doors to listeners, allowing them to take part in a moment-Charlie Parker trying out a new King tenor sax; Miles Davis informally improvising;
the band recording "Round About Midnight" at six PM, due to the studio closing down for the night. Ira Gitler's liner notes recall details like this-adding
dimension and a context to the album's tracks. This is most definitely a Collectors' Item for any jazz fan.1. The Serpent's Tooth [Take 1]
2. The Serpent's Tooth [Take 2]
3. 'Round Midnight
5. No Line
6. Vierd Blues
7. In Your Own Sweet Way$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
East Broadway RundownImport
1. East Broadway Run Down
2. Blessing In Disguise
3. We Kiss In A Shadow$14.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Saxophone ColossusStrode Rode
You Don't Know What Love Is$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
The Bridge180 Gram LP Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
This 1962 Record Marks Rollins' Return After Taking a Voluntary Break to Refine His Playing
How badly did Sonny Rollins want to refine his playing? The saxophonist shocked the world in 1959 and took a break, returning in 1962 with this splendiferous set, named after the Williamsburg Bridge, where he practiced by himself. He's paired here with guitarist Jim Hall, whose communicative lines, along with Rollins' esteemed solos and melancholy patterns, gives The Bridge lofty status. The quartet tackles both originals and standards such as Billie Holiday's God Bless the Child and Cole Porter's You Do Something to Me, turning up aces every time.
Mastered from the original master tapes, ORG Music's 180 gram LP presents this Bluebird/RCA classic in the finest analog sound it's ever known. Everything from each of Rollins' dip-and-dive patterns to the patter of Ben Riley's drums is heard with extreme detail and range.1. Without a Song
2. Where Are You?
3. John S.
4. The Bridge
5. God Bless the Child
6. You Do Something to Me$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Amazing Bud Powell
Remastered And Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign
Originally released in 1951, The Amazing Bud Powell is considered one of pianist, Bud Powell's most important recordings. Featuring the likes of Fats Navarro,
Sonny Rollins and Max Roach, The Amazing Bud Powell will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign
spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was. Includes the composition "Un Poco Loco" ("A Little Crazy").1. Un Poco Loco
2. Over The Rainbow
5. A Night In Tunisia
6. It Could Happen To You [Remastered]
7. You Go To My Head
8. Bouncin' With Bud [Rudy Van Gelder Edition/1998 Digital Remaster]$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
The Sound Of SonnyThe Sound Of Sonny marks a new phase in Sonny Rollins' career. At the time of the album's recording in 1957, the tenor saxophone legend was reaching
the height of his powers, having been proclaimed Down-Beat Magazine Critics' Poll New Star of the tenor saxophone that very same year. Joined by a
variety of accompaniment (Sonny liked to shake it up!), including pianist Sonny Clark, drummer Roy Haynes and bassists Percy Heath and Paul
Chambers, Rollins attains a level of freedom in his soloing and rhythmic interplay that only serves to underscore his melodic brilliance. A landmark
recording in the development of one of Jazz's true giants of the tenor saxophone, The Sound Of Sonny is a canonical smooth bop LP and an underrated
gem in Sonny Rollins' brilliant catalog.1. The Last Time I Saw Paris
2. Just In Time
3. Toot, Toot, Tootsie
4. What Is There To Say
5. Dearly Beloved
6. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
8. It Could Happen To You
9. Mangoes$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Volume 2A Blue Note essential, Sonny Rollins' Volume 2 is part of the Blue Note 75 anniversary vinyl reissue campaign -
featuring 100 titles. Key to the initiative is high quality audio at affordable prices. Album features performances
recorded in 1960.
Outside of Paul Chambers, who was employed as Miles Davis's bassist at this time, all of the other players on these April 1957 RVG Hackensack dates were leaders of their own renowned groups; a reflection of the respect they all shared for the date leader, Sonny Rollins. Besides Chambers, with J.J. Johnson on trombone, Art Blakey behind the drums and alternating pianists Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver, who both play on the now-famous version of Misterioso, the words All-Star seem almost demeaning to this conclave.
The resulting recordings burst forth with confidence and enthusiasm, capturing a fire and passion usually found only with uninhibited live dates and not the constraints of a recording studio. Exceptional versions of Poor Butterfly and You Stepped Out Of a Dream elevate this record to monumental status.1. Why Don't I?
2. Wail March
5. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
6. Poor Butterfly$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now