Way Out West

Sonny Rollins - Way Out West
Critic Score
Based on 2 reviews
1957 Ratings: #3 / 12
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Based on 21 ratings
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January 1, 1957 / Release Date
LP / Format
Contemporary / Label
Jazz / Genres
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[I invite you to read my other reviews on Sonny Rollins, in order: Plus 4 (1956) then Saxophone Colossus (1957), in order to better understand his life and this one].
To put things in context, in 1957 Sonny began to make a living from his music, also flourishing in his private life and that he married actress Dawn Finney last year. His last solo works (Plus 4 and Saxophone Colossus) and those with Thelonious Monk were rewarded both financially and notoriously. At the beginning of the year he ... read more
I put this album on while working and I had completely forgotten how much I hate my job.
Recorded in Los Angeles in 1957, the jazz legend’s classic album—the first to use the now-standard saxophone-bass-drums trio—looks like a novelty and sounds like transcendence.

Sonny Rollins doesn’t fear the familiar. He’s persistently original, yes—those lucky enough to see him live before his deteriorating health prevented him from playing remember a “limitless” improvisor, one of jazz’s best. It only takes a cursory listen to what we now ... read more
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Track List

  1. I'm An Old Cowhand
  2. Solitude
  3. Come, Gone
  4. Wagon Wheels
  5. There Is No Greater Love
  6. Way Out West
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Added on: October 27, 2016