Sonny Rollins - Way Out West

Mastered off the original 2-track tape recorded with a tube AKG-C12 microphone on a tube Ampex 350 machine. Features Ray Brown on bass and Shelly Manne on drums. Over his long and distinguished career, Sonny Rollins has made many dozens of albums. Among those recorded during the '50s, Prestige's Movin' Out and Colossus, Blue Note's A Night at the Village Vanguard, Riverside's The Sound of Sonny, and Way Out West on Contemporary qualify as all-time Rollins classics.

The session for Way Out West, Rollins' first ever in California, was called for 3 a.m. to accommodate everyone's busy schedules. Sonny, who could never be accused of overstatement, announced after four hours of recording: "I'm hot now."

Recorded in 1957.

Sonny Rollins, saxophone (tenor)
Ray Brown, bass
Shelly Manne, drums


1. I'm An Old Cowhand
2. Solitude
3. Come, Gone
4. Wagon Wheels
5. There Is No Greater Love
6. Way Out West

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 3 person(s) rated this product.

A true jazz classic

posted on 12/31/2012
5 Stars
I own an origninal pressing of WOW and this SACD blows it away. I actually bought this by mistake,wanting the vinyl. But decided to give it a try and man what an amazing recording.

Superb recording quality and consummate improvisation

posted on 01/13/2008
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jonathan Horwich
This CD represents a pinnacle of the art of jazz. The recording quality is unparalleled. The playing is masterful. Sonny Rollins is a genius and displays why on this performance. Simply a must-have for anyone interested in the finest in jazz coupled with the finest in natural recording technique. A very rare occurrence.

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