Sonny Rollins : Vol. 2

Sonny Rollins : Vol. 2


Sonny Rollins (tenor sax), Jay Jay Johnson (trombone), Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Art Blakey (drums)

Blue Note 1558

Analogue Productions Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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1 - Why Don't I
2 - Wail March
3 - Misterioso *
4 - Reflections *
5 - You Stepped Out of a Dream
6 - Poor Butterfly

Recorded on April 14, 1957 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Outside of Paul Chambers, who was employed as Miles Davis’s bassist at this time, all of the other players on this album were leaders of their own renowned groups; a reflection of the respect they all shared for the date leader, Sonny Rollins. Besides Chambers, with Jay Jay Johnson on trombone, Art Blakey behind the drums and pianists Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver, the words All-Star seem almost demeaning to this conclave. The resulting recordings burst forth with confidence and enthusiasm, capturing a fire and passion usually found only with uninhibited live dates and not the constraints of a recording studio. Exceptional versions of “Poor Butterfly” and “You Stepped Out Of a Dream” elevate this record to monumental status.

* Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver are both playing on Monk's composition "Misterioso". Monk also plays on his composition "Reflections", while Silver handles the piano duties on all the other tracks.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray at AcousTech, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI.