Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders

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Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders
Studio album by Sonny Rollins
Released 1958
Recorded October 20, 21 & 22, 1958
Genre Jazz
Length 59:33
Label Contemporary
Sonny Rollins chronology
Sonny Rollins and the Big Brass
Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders
The Bridge
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders is an album by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, recorded for the Contemporary label, featuring performances by Rollins with Hampton Hawes, Barney Kessel, Leroy Vinnegar, and Shelly Manne with Victor Feldman added on one track.[2] It was the last record Rollins produced before a hiatus from recording and performing in public, before his return with The Bridge in 1962.[3]


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states: "The last of the classic Sonny Rollins albums prior to his unexpected three-year retirement features the great tenor... on an unusual but inspired list of standards. Rollins creates explorative and often witty improvisations.... Great music."[1]

A copy of this album is featured on the cover to The Nightfly by Donald Fagen in 1982, where Fagen poses as a late-night jazz DJ.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) - 5:28
  2. "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" (Sam M. Lewis, Jean Schwartz, Joe Young) - 4:55
  3. "How High the Moon" (Nancy Hamilton, Morgan Lewis) - 7:45
  4. "You" (Harold Adamson, Walter Donaldson) - 4:16
  5. "I've Found a New Baby" (Jack Palmer, Spencer Williams) - 3:40
  6. "I've Found a New Baby" [alternate take] (Palmer, Williams) - 4:25 bonus track on compact disc reissue
  7. "Alone Together" (Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) - 6:01
  8. "In the Chapel in the Moonlight" (Billy Hill) - 6:41
  9. "The Song Is You" (Hammerstein, Kern) - 5:44
  10. "The Song Is You" [alternate take] (Hammerstein, Kern) - 6:11 bonus track on compact disc reissue



  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ Sonny Rollins discography accessed 2 October 2009
  3. ^ Sonny Rollins biography at AllMusic