Tour de Force (Sonny Rollins album)

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Tour de Force
Tour de Force (Sonny Rollins album).jpg
Studio album by Sonny Rollins
Released 1957
Recorded December 7, 1956
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
Genre Jazz
Length 41:40
Label Prestige
PR 7126
Producer Bob Weinstock
Sonny Rollins chronology
Rollins Plays for Bird
Tour de Force
Sonny Boy

Tour de Force is an album by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins featuring his final recordings for the Prestige label performed by Rollins with Kenny Drew, George Morrow, and Max Roach with vocals by Earl Coleman on two tracks.[1]


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

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states: "Rollins was in consistently creative form during this prime period but the overall set is not as classic as most of the tenor's other recordings from the 1950s."[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz gives the album four stars out of four and describes is as being "almost as good as Colossus, with the ferocious abstractions of 'B Swift' and 'B Quick' contrasting with the methodical, almost surgical destruction of 'Sonny Boy'."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sonny Rollins except as indicated
  1. "Ee-Ah" - 6:52
  2. "B. Quick" - 9:13
  3. "Two Different Worlds" (Al Frisch, Sid Wayne) - 7:37
  4. "B. Swift" - 5:15
  5. "My Ideal" (Newell Chase, Leo Robin, Richard A. Whiting) - 4:21
  6. "Sonny Boy" (Lew Brown, Buddy DeSylva, Ray Henderson, Al Jolson) - 8:22 Bonus track on CD rerelease



  1. ^ Sonny Rollins discography, accessed October 8, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Tour de Force > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2002). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (6th edn), Penguin Books. ISBN 9780140515213
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 172. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.