Rollins Plays for Bird

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Rollins Plays for Bird
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Studio album by Sonny Rollins
Released End of July 1957[1]
Recorded October 5, 1956
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
Genre Jazz
Length 43:22
Label Prestige
PRLP 7095
Producer Bob Weinstock
Sonny Rollins chronology
Saxophone Colossus
Rollins Plays for Bird
Tour de Force

Rollins Plays for Bird is a 1957 album by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, recorded for the Prestige label, featuring performances by Rollins with Kenny Dorham, Wade Legge, George Morrow and Max Roach on material associated with Charlie Parker.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[4]

The Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos describes the album as "A disappointment in terms of the division of labor, and not the merging of titans jazz lovers would have wished for, this recording still provides a great deal of high level music that could have been so much more".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sonny Rollins except as indicated.
  1. "Bird Medley: I Remember You/My Melancholy Baby/Old Folks/They Can't Take That Away From Me/Just Friends/My Little Suede Shoes/Star Eyes" (Johnny Mercer, Victor Schertzinger/Ernie Burnett, George A. Norton/Dedette Lee Hill, Willard Robison/George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin/John Klenner, Sam M. Lewis/Charlie Parker/Gene DePaul, Don Raye) - 26:55
  2. "Kids Know" - 11:39
  3. "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe) - 4:52
  4. "The House I Live In" (Lewis Allan, Earl Robinson) - 9:21 Bonus track on CD rerelease



  1. ^ Billboard Aug 12, 1957
  2. ^ Sonny Rollins discography, accessed October 7, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Nastos, Michael G. "Rollins Plays for Bird > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 171. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.