Way Out West

Sonny Rollins - Way Out West
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Based on 2 reviews
1957 Ratings: #3 / 10
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Based on 17 ratings
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January 1, 1957 / Release Date
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Doublez
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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
PitchforkClone
88
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
ROXAAN
65
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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