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4.0 out of 5 stars Monster on the tenor, 2 Jun 2001
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This review is from: Newk's Time (Audio CD)
Monster on the tenor Newk's Time is a tour de force of tenor saxophone improvisation and group cohesion. Boldly executed with a musical eloquence brimming with confidence and invention, the pieces recorded on this date are all great showcases for the talents of the musicians who made them.
The tightest, most intricately developed relationship is between Sonny and Philly Joe Jones. From the very opening "Tune Up", the Miles Davis tune, Philly Joe is creating this shimmering rhythmic power that Sonny draws upon to nurture his feverish imagination. And nowhere is the uniqueness of this relationship more persuasive than on the drums-and-sax duo of "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top". The two of them play so closely and densely that one is led to think that the piano and bass haven't abandoned them. But such thoughts are quickly dispelled on the next piece, "Blues for Philly Joe", where the warmth of Doug Watkins' bass kicks in with a great swinging pulse, and Wyn Kelly delivers a blues solo worthy of his finest moments.
The album is thoughtfully brought to a close with a ballad, "Namely You".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive hard bop from Sonny Rollins Quartet in 1957., 7 May 2013
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This review is from: Newk's Time (Audio CD)
This is an excellent quartet album by the great tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins recorded in New Jersey on September 22, 1957 with a superbly swinging rhythm section of Wynton Kelly(piano), Doug Watkins(bass) & Philly Joe Jones(drums).
Rollins is in imperious form on six tracks and highlights include 'Tune Up'(credited here to Miles Davis but actually written by Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson), Kenny Dorham's 'Asiatic Raes' and a brilliant version of 'The Surrey With The Fringe On Top'.
Although 'Newk's Time' is not quite on a par with his 1956 classic 'Saxophone Colossus' it's an enjoyable and inventive hard bop album which deserves to be better known.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good and fast delivery, 5 April 2013
This review is from: Newk's Time (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (Audio CD)
Smouth and nice 50/60 years jazz when Sonny "Newk" Rollins and his band are on the top.. If you don't already have this album...Buy it!!!
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