Alfie (Sonny Rollins album)

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Soundtrack album by Sonny Rollins
Released 1966
Recorded January 26, 1966
Genre Jazz
Length 32:50
Label Impulse!
Sonny Rollins chronology
Sonny Rollins on Impulse!
East Broadway Run Down
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[2]

Alfie is a 1966 album by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins of music from the film of the same name. The original British film soundtrack featured Rollins with local musicians, including pianist Stan Tracey, who are not heard on this album.

It features performances by Rollins, with Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Cleveland, J.J. Johnson and Roger Kellaway, arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson.[3]

Burt Bacharach was inspired by the film to write the title song, Alfie, which became a top ten hit in the UK for Cilla Black. It subsequently appeared in the US release of the film over the final titles, in a version sung by Cher (produced by Sonny Bono). Later, Dionne Warwick recorded the most popular cover of the song. Bacharach and Hal David received an Oscar nomination for the song.

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 19666 as Alfie on the jazz-based Impulse! label, as in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sonny Rollins except where noted.

  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. (Editor) (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