The Sound of Sonny

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The Sound of Sonny
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Studio album by Sonny Rollins
Released 1957
Recorded June 11, 12 & 19 1957
Genre Jazz
Length 32:37
Label Riverside
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Sonny Rollins chronology
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The Sound of Sonny is an album by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, his first recorded for the Riverside label, featuring performances by Rollins with Sonny Clark, Roy Haynes and Percy Heath or Paul Chambers.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]

The Allmusic review by Lindsay Planer states: "A new phase in Sonny Rollins' career began in 1957. He started what was at the time an almost blasphemous trend of recording for a number of different labels. His pioneering spirit yielded a few genre-defining albums, including this disc. His performances were also at a peak during 1957 as Down Beat magazine proclaimed him the Critics' Poll winner under the category of 'New Star' of the tenor saxophone. This newfound freedom can be heard throughout the innovations on The Sound of Sonny. Not only are Rollins' fluid solos reaching newly obtained zeniths of melodic brilliance, but he has also begun experimenting with alterations in the personnel from tune to tune."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Last Time I Saw Paris" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) - 2:58
  2. "Just in Time" (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne) - 3:59
  3. "Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye" (Ernie Erdman, Ted Fio Rito, Gus Kahn, Robert A. King) - 4:25
  4. "What Is There to Say?" (Vernon Duke, E.Y. "Yip" Harburg) - 4:56
  5. "Dearly Beloved" (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer) - 3:05
  6. "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" (Cole Porter) - 3:23
  7. "Cutie" (Sonny Rollins) - 5:54
  8. "It Could Happen to You" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen ) - 3:47
  9. "Mangos" (Dale Libby, Sid Wayne) - 5:34
  10. "Funky Hotel Blues" (Sonny Rollins) - 6:00 Bonus track on CD rerelease
  • Recorded in New York City on June 11 (tracks 5, 6 & 8), June 12 (tracks 2, 3, 7 & 9), and June 19 (tracks 1, 4 & 10), 1957



  1. ^ Sonny Rollins discography, accessed October 4, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Planer, Lindsay. "The Sound of Sonny > 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.