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Alternatives / Sonny Rollins

Release Date: 10/15/2010 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 61124  
Composer:  Miles DavisSonny RollinsBenny GolsonThelonious Monk
Performer:  Herbie HancockRoy McCurdySonny RollinsRon Carter,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Track Listing
1. Four
2. Four - (alternate take)
3. St. Thomas
4. St. Thomas - (alternate take)
5. I Remember Clifford
6. I Remember Clifford - (alternate take)
7. 52nd Street Theme
8. 52nd Street Theme - (alternate theme)
9. Bluesongo - (bonus track)
10. Jungoso

Personnel: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Thad Jones (cornet); Herbie Hancock (piano); Bob Cranshaw, Ron Carter (bass); Roy McCurdy (drums); Candido (congas).

Producer: George Avakian.

Reissue producer: Orrin Keepnews.

Engineers include: Ray Hall.

Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, New York, New York between May 14, 1962 and April 14,
Read more 1964. Includes liner notes by Orrin Keepnews.

This CD is what too few "previously unreleased" collections are: a well-documented, well-annotated recording with a purpose and a point of view. In a thoughtful essay, producer Orrin Keepnews discusses what these early Sixties recordings of Rollins reveal about the tenorist's approach to repertoire and improvisation and, more pragmatically, about his relationship to the recording studio and to record companies in general. Each of the first four tunes can be heard in two different versions. "Four" was recorded both with a trio (with Roy McCurdy on drums and Bob Cranshaw on bass) and a quartet (with Herbie Hancock on piano and Ron Carter replacing Cranshaw on bass)

The versions of "I Remember Clifford" and "52nd Street Theme" were recorded with Hancock on piano and Thad Jones on cornet added to the basic trio. "Bluesongo" and "Jungoso" are trio pieces with Rollins, Cranshaw, and Candido on congas. Keepnews explains that these two cuts, which were originally released on the album WHAT'S NEW in 1962, have not been reissued anywhere else recently (unlike the balance of the material from WHAT'S NEW) and have consequently been included here.
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Works on This Recording

Four by Miles Davis
Performer:  Herbie Hancock (Piano), Roy McCurdy (Drums), Sonny Rollins (Tenor Saxophone),
Ron Carter (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
St. Thomas by Sonny Rollins
Performer:  Herbie Hancock (Piano), Sonny Rollins (Tenor Saxophone), Ron Carter (Double Bass),
Roy McCurdy (Drums)
I Remember Clifford by Benny Golson
Performer:  Thad Jones (Cornet), Bob Cranshaw (Double Bass), Sonny Rollins (Tenor Saxophone),
Roy McCurdy (Drums)
52nd Street Theme by Thelonious Monk
Performer:  Roy McCurdy (Drums), Ron Carter (Double Bass), Sonny Rollins (Tenor Saxophone),
Thad Jones (Cornet), Herbie Hancock (Piano)
Bluesongo by Sonny Rollins
Performer:  Ron Carter (Double Bass), Candido Camero (Percussion), Sonny Rollins (Tenor Saxophone),
Bob Cranshaw (Double Bass), Roy McCurdy (Drums), Thad Jones (Cornet),
Herbie Hancock (Piano)
Jungoso by Sonny Rollins
Performer:  Bob Cranshaw (Double Bass), Sonny Rollins (Tenor Saxophone), Candido Camero (Percussion)

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