Way Out West is a 1957 album by Sonny Rollins with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne, neither of whom had played or recorded with Rollins before. The music employs a technique called "strolling", used here by Rollins for the first time, in which he would solo over only bass and drums with no pianist playing chords. The recent reissue of the CD has additional takes of three of the songs, including the title track.
The timeless Way out West established Sonny Rollins as jazz's top tenor saxophonist (at least until John Coltrane surpassed him the following year). Joined by bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne, Rollins is heard at one of his peaks on such pieces as "I'm an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande)," his own "Way out West," "There Is No Greater Love," and "Come, Gone" (a fast stomp based on "After You've Gone"). The William Claxton photo of Rollins wearing Western gear (and holding his tenor) in the desert is also a classic.
Way Out West is a 1957 album by Sonny Rollins with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne, neither of whom had played or recorded with Rollins before. These additional takes are all about twice as long, containing much longer solos from all three of the members of the band
Sonny Rollins doesn’t fear the familiar. All these years after its release, Way Out West still shows Rollins’ unique ability to revere his musical heritage without losing his edge. Old songs, new sound. At 26, the New York native was visiting California for the first time while on tour with drummer Max Roach. When Contemporary Records asked him to put together an album during his visit, the inspiration was obvious: the wide open spaces of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Westerns Rollins had grown up watching.
Composed By – Sonny Rollins. Sonny Rollins Trio - Wagon Wheels 10:16.
Way Out West, originally recorded for the Contemporary label in 1957, qualifies as an all-time Sonny Rollins classic. session with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne, the material collected here demonstrates why Rollins was considered the top tenor saxophone in jazz at the time of the recording.
Watch the video for Way Out West from Sonny Rollins's Way Out West for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. Sonny Rollins (Theodore Walter Rollins, New York City, September 7, 1930) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist. View full artist profile. These additional takes are all about twice as long, containing much longer solos from all three of the members of the band
Way Out West was Sonny Rollins’ first tenor recording. He would follow this with the trio recordings A Night at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note, 1999) and Freedom Suite (Riverside/OJC, 1991). Unlike the piano-less quartets of Gerry Mulligan, Rollins did not have a counterpoint foil, as did Mulligan did in Chet Baker and later Bob Brookmeyer. The tenor trio format is full of wide-open spaces. How appropriate that this format would be chosen my Rollins for a recording entitled Way Out West. Sonny Rollins’ playing is immediately attractive because of his muscular harmonic conservatism. Where he might have never have licked every scalar corner in existence as Coltrane did, he does always perform at the highest level. Way Out West remains a standard for this higher level.
|A1||I'm An Old Cowhand
Composed By – Johnny Mercer
Composed By – Duke EllingtonLyrics By – Eddie De lange*, Irving Mills
Composed By – Sonny Rollins
Composed By – Billy Hill, Peter De Rose
|B2||There Is No Greater Love
Composed By – Isham Jones, Marty Symes
|B3||Way Out West
Composed By – Sonny Rollins
|C 3530, C3530||Sonny Rollins||Way Out West (LP, Album, Mono)||Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records||C 3530, C3530||US||1957|
|98.600, CA 98.600, CA / 800 / 98.600||Sonny Rollins||Way Out West (CD, Album, RE)||Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records||98.600, CA 98.600, CA / 800 / 98.600||France||Unknown|
|OJCCD 337-2||Sonny Rollins||Way Out West (CD, Album, RE)||Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records||OJCCD 337-2||Europe||1988|
|EJC55418||Sonny Rollins||Way Out West (CD)||Essential Jazz Classics||EJC55418||Europe||2008|
|COP 006||Sonny Rollins||Way Out West (LP, Album, RE)||Boplicity Records||COP 006||Europe||Unknown|