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Theodore Walter "Sonny" Rollins (born September 7, 1930 in New York City) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist. Rollins is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians. A number of his compositions, including "St. Thomas", "Oleo", "Doxy", and "Airegin", have become jazz standards.

Although Rollins was born in New York City, his parents were born in the United States Virgin Islands. Rollins received his first saxophone at age 13. He attended Benjamin Franklin High School in East Harlem. He said that a concert by Frank Sinatra there, accompanied by a plea for racial harmony, changed his life.

Rollins started as a pianist, changed to alto saxophone, and finally switched to tenor in 1946. During his high-school years, he played in a band with other future jazz legends Jackie McLean, Kenny Drew and Art Taylor. He was first recorded in 1949 with Babs Gonzales (J.J. Johnson was the arranger of the group). In his recordings through 1954, he played with performers such as Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk.

In 1950, Rollins was arrested for armed robbery and given a sentence of three years. He spent 10 months in Rikers Island jail before he was released on parole. In 1952 he was arrested for violating the terms of his parole by using heroin. Rollins was assigned to the Federal Medical Center, Lexington, at the time the only assistance in the U.S. for drug addicts. While there he was a volunteer for then-experimental methadone therapy and was able to break his heroin habit. Rollins himself initially feared sobriety would impair his musicianship, but then went on to greater success. As a saxophonist he had initially been attracted to the jump and R&B sounds of performers like Louis Jordan, but soon became drawn into the mainstream tenor saxophone tradition. Joachim Berendt has described this tradition as sitting between the two poles of the strong sonority of Coleman Hawkins and the light flexible phrasing of Lester Young, which did so much to inspire the fleet improvisation of be-bop in the 1950s.

Rollins began to make a name for himself in 1949 as he recorded with J.J. Johnson and Bud Powell what would later be called "Hard Bop", with Miles Davis in 1951, with the Modern Jazz Quartet and with Thelonious Monk in 1953, but the breakthrough arrived in 1954 when he recorded his famous compositions "Oleo" "Airegin" and "Doxy" with a quintet led by Davis. Rollins then joined the Miles Davis Quintet in the summer of 1955, but left after a short stay to deal with his drug problems. Rollins was invited later in 1955 to join the Clifford Brown–Max Roach quintet; studio recordings documenting his time in the band are the albums Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street and Sonny Rollins Plus 4. After Brown's death in 1956 Rollins began his subsequent career as a leader, his first long-playing albums released on Prestige Records. He also recorded during the 1950s for Blue Note, Riverside, and the Los Angeles label Contemporary.

Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders is an album by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, recorded for the Contemporary label, featuring performances by Rollins with Hampton Hawes, Barney Kessel, Leroy Vinnegar, and Shelly Manne with Victor Feldman added on one track. It was the last record Rollins produced before a several-year hiatus from recording and performing in public, before his return with The Bridge in 1962.

Captured in 1958, this disc features Sonny Rollins (tenor sax), Barney Kessel (guitar), Hampton Hawes (piano), Leroy Vinnegar (bass), Shelly Manne (drums), and guest artist Victor Feldman (vibes). This is a collection of beautiful melodic standards such as: I've Told Ev'ry Little Star, How High the Moon, Alone Together, The Song Is You, and many more. The sound is smooth and detailed; a beautiful recording.

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states "The last of the classic Sonny Rollins albums prior to his unexpected three-year retirement features the great tenor... on an unusual but inspired list of standards. Rollins creates explorative and often witty improvisations... Great music”.

While the personnel on this release were leaders in their own right and contemporaries of Rollins in 1958, the title refers to the fact that the musicians were all recording with their own respective groups for the west coast Contemporary label at the time this album was made. The material is essentially standards, favorites of either the swing or the bop era. "How High The Moon" gets a trio treatment, with Rollins taking his time over the taut accompaniment provided by Kessel and Vinnegar; their bass and guitar given room to stretch out as well. Hampton Hawes'  opening on "Alone Together" is lithe, muscular and spare. Rollins doesn't even enter to solo until after choruses by Hawes and Kessell, giving things a friendly, jam-session atmosphere. Manne lays out on "In The Chapel In The Moonlight," on which the tenorist waxes lyrical to the sure-footed, understated accompaniment of piano, bass and guitar. The presence of these layered, intriguing arrangements makes this record more than a simple all-star blowing date.

A copy of this album is featured on the cover to The Nightfly by Donald Fagen in 1982, where Fagen poses as a late-night jazz DJ.

GOLD CD - DCC RECORDINGS // CONTEMPORARY series CD item - this item is FACTORY SEALED and in MINT condition
GOLD CD was made in Japan or the USA (can’t tell for certain until the Gold CD has been opened and physically checked)
GOLD CD pressing is in STEREO
GOLD CD pressed and Issued by DCC RECORDINGS under license from CONTEMPORARY
GOLD CD issued in: 1994
GOLD CD Record Catalog Number: GZS 1057

Featured on this GOLD CD -


Performers on this disc include -
Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
Hampton Hawes - piano
Barney Kessel - guitar
Leroy Vinnegar - bass
Shelly Manne - drums
Victor Feldman - vibes

GOLD CD Title -

Track Listings -
1. I've Told Ev'ry Little Star
2. I've Found a New Baby
3. Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody
4. You
5. How High the Moon
6. Alone Together
7. In the Chapel in the Moonlight
8. Song Is You, The
9. You
10. I've Found a New Baby
11. Song Is You, The

The GOLD CD is from the very rare DCC Recordings series of audiophile CD titles.

GOLD CD re-mastered by Steve Hoffman
Pictures with this listing are of the actual item
Jewel Case IS the original flip up type
This item DOES come with the paper outer slip cover - it is complete and near perfect.
The original LP was issued on the CONTEMPORARY record label, in 1959

The GOLD CD, Jewel Case and INSERTS are all in MINT condition. The CD is actually FACTORY SEALED!!

The GOLD CD is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: DCC GOLD CD GZS 1057 SS
  • Manufacturer: DCC - Digital Compact Classics Recordings
  • Condition: New


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