Alfie (Sonny Rollins album)

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Soundtrack album by Sonny Rollins
RecordedJanuary 26, 1966
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
ProducerBob Thiele
Sonny Rollins chronology
Sonny Rollins on Impulse!
East Broadway Run Down
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[2]

Alfie is a 1966 album by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins of music composed for the film of the same name.

It features performances by Rollins, with Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Cleveland, J.J. Johnson and Roger Kellaway, arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson.[3] The original film was made in London, England and features Rollins with British musicians, including pianist Stan Tracey, who are not heard on this album.

The album reached #17 on the R&B Billboard chart.[4] In the UK the album was originally released in 1966 under the title Sonny Plays Alfie on the HMV label (CLP 3529) before resurfacing in 1966 as Alfie on the jazz-based Impulse! label, as in the United States.

Burt Bacharach was commissioned to write the title song, Alfie, a hit in the UK for Cilla Black, which was used over the closing titles. In the US release of the film, a recording by Cher was substituted. Bacharach and Hal David received an Oscar nomination for the song.

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sonny Rollins.

  1. "Alfie's Theme" – 9:41
  2. "He's Younger Than You Are" – 5:09
  3. "Street Runner with Child" – 3:59
  4. "Transition Theme for Minor Blues or Little Malcolm Loves His Dad" – 5:49
  5. "On Impulse" – 4:28
  6. "Alfie's Theme Differently" – 3:44
    • Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 26, 1966



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 170. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ Alfie by Sonny Rollins
  4. ^ Allmusic charts