Reel Life (Sonny Rollins album)

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Reel Life
Reel Life (album).jpg
Studio album by Sonny Rollins
Released 1982
Recorded August 17–22, 1982
Genre Jazz
Label Milestone
Producer Sonny Rollins, Lucille Rollins
Sonny Rollins chronology
No Problem
(1981)No Problem1981
Reel Life
Sunny Days, Starry Nights
(1984)Sunny Days, Starry Nights1984

Reel Life is an album by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, released on the Milestone label in 1982, featuring performances by Rollins with Bobby Broom, Yoshiaki Masuo, Bob Cranshaw and Jack DeJohnette.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 stars[3]

The Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos states: "As the career of Rollins moved into fourth gear, his love for hard bop, Caribbean music, and funkier styles continued to appeal to die-hard fans and the urban crowd. A matchless melodic tenor saxophone, Rollins just kept rolling along."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sonny Rollins except as indicated
  1. "Reel Life" - 6:14
  2. "McGhee" (Howard McGhee, Sonny Rollins) - 4:20
  3. "Rosita's Best Friend" - 6:22
  4. "Sonny Side Up" (Yoshiaki Masuo) - 6:47
  5. "My Little Brown Book" (Billy Strayhorn) - 3:55
  6. "Best Wishes" (Duke Ellington, Ted Koehler) - 5:43
  7. "Solo Reprise (Sonny)" - 2:12
  • Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, on August 17–22, 1982



  1. ^ Sonny Rollins discography accessed 25 September 2009
  2. ^ a b Nastos, Michael G. "Reel Life > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 172. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.