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Plus Four (1956)

Artist: Sonny Rollins
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Format: CD
Sku: 203948312
UPC: 888072301597
UPC 14: 00888072301597
Release Date: 2/6/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Valse Hot ~ Sonny Rollins
2. Kiss And Run ~ Sonny Rollins
3. I Feel a Song Coming On ~ Sonny Rollins
4. Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep ~ Sonny Rollins
5. Pent-Up House ~ Sonny Rollins
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Clifford Brown (trumpet); Richie Powell (piano); George Morrow (bass); Max Roach (drums).
Muze PNote Recorded in New York, New York on March 22, 1956. Originally released on Prestige (7038). Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler.
Muze PNote Personnel: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Clifford Brown (trumpet);
Muze PNote Richie Powell (piano); George Morrow (bass); Max Roach (drums).
Muze PNote Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey on March 22, 1956. Originally released on Prestige (7038-2). Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler.
Muze PNote All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Muze PNote Personnel: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Clifford Brown (trumpet); Richie Powell (piano); George Morrow (bass guitar); Max Roach (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Rudy Van Gelder.
Muze PNote 1956, Sonny Rollins was spiritually and physically rejuvenated. And on Sonny Rollins Plus 4, he's clearly inspired by Max Roach and Clifford Brown's depth of spirit. Multi-dimensional re-arrangements of popular songs were a Brown-Roach trademark. "Kiss and Run" is treated to a stop-and-go intro, then settles into a brisk 4/4, as Rollins, Brown, and the perennially underrated Richie Powell fashion long dancing lines. "I Feel a Song Coming On" creates tension by alternating a vamp figure with a swinging release. Rollins takes an immense solo, contrasting chanting figures and foghorn-like long tones with Parker-ish elisions, and Brown answers with buzzing figures and daring harmonic extensions. Then Roach takes things out with sweeping melodic choruses and polyrhythmic fanfares, setting the stage for a torrid tenor-trumpet duel. On "Valse Hot," there's an early example of a successful jazz waltz as Rollins offers up one of his most charming themes. Max Roach treats the European three with the dancing elan of an American four, and Rollins responds by floating in between the beat, syncopating in Monk-ish stabs and thrusts, as Brown answers with the kind of rhythmically complex, sweetly articulated melodic lines that have inspired every modern trumpeter.

Producer: Nick Phillips (Reissue)

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Clifford Brown
Muze Guest Artist Max Roach

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Jazz Master Files
Muze Music Compilations Contemporary Records Story
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Muze Music Compilations Harold Arlen Centennial Celebration
Muze Music Compilations Prestige Profiles
Muze Music Compilations Jazz:smithsonian Anthology
Muze Music Compilations Just Great Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Swinging Big Bands
Muze Music Compilations Icon:best Of Blue Note
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:jazz
Muze Music Compilations Milstone Jazzstars In Concert
Muze Music Compilations Irving Berlin Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations House That Trane Built: Story of Impulse Records
Muze Music Compilations New York For Lovers 1105
Muze Music Compilations New York For Lovers 1105

Associated Artists and Works

Blakey, Art
Brooks, Hadda
Brown, Clifford
Brown, Clifford (Jazz)
Burton, Gary
Burton, Gary (Vibes)
Cherry, Don (Jazz)
Cherry, Don (Trumpet)
Coltrane, John
Criss, Sonny
Davis, Miles
The Classic Prestige Sessions, 1951-1956 ~ Davis, Miles
Dig ~ Davis, Miles
Don Cherry Quartet
Dorham, Kenny
Rollins Plays for Bird [Bonus Track] ~ Dorham, Kenny
Monk ~ Foster, Frank (Sax)
Gabel, Denis
Duets: Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt ~ Gillespie, Dizzy
Sonny Side Up ~ Gillespie, Dizzy
Hawkins, Coleman
That's Him! ~ Lincoln, Abbey
Modern Jazz Quartet
Monk, Thelonious
Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins [Remaster] ~ Monk, Thelonious
Original Soundtrack
Roach, Max
Max Roach Four ~ Roach, Max
The Ultimate Doubles ~ Tatum, Art
Terry, Clark
Brilliant Corners ~ Terry, Clark
Brilliant Corners [Remaster] ~ Terry, Clark
Brilliant Corners [Bonus Track] ~ Terry, Clark
Sonny Rollins with the Modern Jazz Quartet ~ The Modern Jazz Quartet

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/06/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1956
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : PRCD-301592
Music Label Name Label : Fantasy
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Mono
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00888072301597

Professional Reviews

Down Beat - 4.5 Stars - Very Good Plus - "...Rollins [plays] the most sustainedly creative tenor I've heard on record by him before. Very much recommended..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Rollins,Sonny
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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