Prestige/Fantasy, 2000, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Bebop
O’s Notes: Five CDs packed with a brilliant young Rollins just prior to his 3 year hiatus in 1959. This includes work with Sonny as a sideman with Monk, Kenny Dorham, and Abbey Lincoln. Some of the best work is in trio format with Shelly Manne (b) and Ray Brown (b). It gave each of the musicians enough space to strut their stuff. He maintains a blistering pace with Kenny Dorham and trades with Monk as well as asserting himself as a leader. The sound is exceptional for the time period. This is a beautiful set with good documentation and enough variety to maintain your interest throughout.