Thursday, January 7, 2010

Favorite Albums: Newk's Time (1957)

I am no jazz expert. A dabbler, perhaps. An appreciator. Frankly, I don't listen to much jazz at all, but I have always loved Sonny Rollin's album Newk's Time.

My favorite is the Miles Davis attributed "Tune Up" which leads off the album, but all are very enjoyable. The sound is primitive, in that they sound like they are playing in an empty club. Not all the notes are wonderfully clean, which is typically a plus for me with jazz as it implies things are less polished/rehearsed.

A great part, if you listen closely/loudly, or with headphones, is Doug Watkins' bass. He provides this excellent bottom that does not intrude, letting the sax, piano, and drums handle the solo work for the most part, except on "Blues for Philly Joe" where he opens up a bit around 4:10 with some heavy walking runs.

If you are a sax or jazz fan, this is a great album by one of the masters.

Track listing:
  1. "Tune Up" (Davis) (5:43)
  2. "Asiatic Raes" (5:55)
  3. "Wonderful! Wonderful!" (Edwards, Raleigh) (5:57)
  4. "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top" (Rodgers-Hammerstein) (6:30)
  5. "Blues for Philly Joe" (6:42)
  6. "Namely You" (3:18)

Sonny Rollins - Tune Up
Sonny Rollins - Blues for Philly Joe

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