Remastered and reissued as part of Blue Note's 75th Anniversary Campaign
Blue Note — along with Universal Music Enterprises — is launching a major 75th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative dedicated to the proposition that its catalog should be readily available at a low cost — featuring high quality pressings and authentic reproductions of Blue Note's iconic packaging. Newk's Time is reissued here as part of the the vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.
One of the greatest saxophonists of all time, Sonny Rollins stands apart from his contemporaries in ways that are very much in evidence throughout this outstanding album. Rollins' main musical role model was the huge sound of Coleman Hawkins rather than the cool tone of Lester Young. Sonny preferred playing unique and sometimes unusual material and his own originals rather than the more typical bebop standards of the day. Rollins could improvise endlessly on a song's melody rather than just play riffs over chord changes.
On Newk's Time, the masterful tenor turns such unlikely material as "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" and "Wonderful! Wonderful!" into powerfully swinging jazz. With the backing of a superb trio including pianist Wynton Kelly, Rollins brings out the hidden beauty of these songs, often by sticking close to the melody and using repetition inventively, and at other times through the sheer humanity of his sound. A volcanic force on the tenor saxophone for for nearly 60 years, Sonny Rollins effortlessly uses his creative powers to create musical magic throughout Newk's Time!
Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone)
Wynton Kelly (piano)
Doug Watkins (bass)
Philly Joe Jones (drums)
|1. Tune Up|
|2. Asiatic Raes|
|3. Wonderful! Wonderful!|
|4. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top|
|5. Blues For Philly Joe|
|6. Namely You|