Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders Album Review

ArtistSonny Rollins


Genre: Hard Bop

Grade: B+

The “Contemporary Leaders” include guitarist Barney Kessel, pianist Hampton Hawes, bassist Leroy Vinegar and drummer Shelly Manne. Sonny Rollins, as you may have already heard, is more legendary than all four musicians put together. But that’s why they work together so well. This LP — the last one Rollins recorded before his four-year hiatus — features some of Rollins’ tightest swing arrangements.

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