“Sonny Side Up” is a collaborative 1959 jazz LP by Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt.
Recorded in 1957 but released in 1959, “Newk’s Time” was the last LP before the legendary saxophonist’s self-imposed, three-year exile.
A few sentences about “Sonny Rollins and the Big Brass.”
One of Rollins’ rare “missteps.”
The hardest hard bop ever recorded.
Like a star free agent on the open market, 1957 was the summer of Sonny. Everyone knew that Rollins was the greatest saxophonist on the face of the Earth, and so he was free to play for whoever he wanted. He took advantage of this rare opportunity by recording albums for four different record labels. […]
A brief writeup on four Sonny Rollins LPs from 1956.
Reviews of two Thelonious Monk LPs from 1955.