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Tenor Madness was the recording that, once and for all, established Rollins as one of the premier tenor saxophonists, an accolade that in retrospect, has continued through six full decades and gives an indication why as a young player, Rollins was so well liked, as his fluency, whimsical nature, and solid construct of melodies and solos gave him the title of the next Coleman Hawkins or Lester Young of mainstream jazz.Tenor Madness, using Miles Davis' group - pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones, is the only recording of Rollins with John Coltrane, who was also in Davis' group.

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  • Vinyl (April 9, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Analogue Productions/City Hall
  • ASIN: B0078SAPSO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,085 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A. Wolverton VINE VOICE on May 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The bad news is that tenor Olympians Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane joined forces in the studio just once. The good news is that it's available on TENOR MADNESS. The title track is battle of two gladiators, exchanging solos with such strength and imagination it's mind-boggling. Coltrane begins the exchange, which is really not a battle but rather a collaboration with Rollins. Although the piece is not really a competition, Rollins is every bit Coltrane's equal during the 12+ minute romp. This recording is astounding and timeless. It literally doesn't get any better than this.
So the CD goes downhill from there, right? No way. Sonny is as relaxed as a late summer morning on the second track, "When Your Lover Has Gone." Red Garland (piano) and Paul Chambers (bass) also takes solos that are as smooth as a velvet rainbow. "Paul's Pal" is a nice groove number with some outstanding brush work by drummer Philly Joe Jones. "My Reverie" finds Sonny floating a soft, smoky vibrato over the rhythm section. The disc concludes with "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," a Richard Rodgers tune that the boys have great fun reconstructing. Great solos by all.
Very highly recommended.
Recorded in 1956
Total time: 35:24
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lefty O'doul on October 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
To my mind, Sonny's best along with "Saxophone Colossus". The first cut is the most famous, no doubt because of John Coltrane's sharing of the solos. Trane enters the ring first - all over the place and brilliant but Sonny delivers the knock-out punch with comparatively terse and lyrical ease. On first hearing the recording, some 20 years ago, I was more impressed with the first two tunes, but now I find the other cuts even more absorbing - just my taste, perhaps - I meet many jazz fans who are primarily bowled over by speed and pyrotechnics, passing over anything that which doesn't immediately grab you by the collar. Sonny can play like fire but he appreciates melody. "My Reverie" is a great melody and Sonny displays a his supple, gorgeous tone and phrasing throughout. Hearing Sonny's notes here, I visualize a warm, translucent golden sphere - ready to step into, and conducive to ethereal transport. "The Most Beautiful Girl" has a bounding, exuberant groove and tremendous playing by all. Sonny will always reach someone, somehow...so "Vive la difference!"
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chris Covais on March 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This was, in my opinion, Sonny's first real important and influential album. The public was aware of his talents, when he replaced Harold Land in the Max Roach/Clifford Brown Quintet the year before, but Sonny hadn't really made a ground breaking album yet. This was it!

Tenor Madness swings in ever which way. There ain't a bad track on the whole album. A masterpiece from start to finish. Though over-shadowed by its more famous father release, Saxophone Colossus, Tenor Madness can hold its own, and it features some of the best tenor saxophone playing by Sonny, and ever in jazz.

The players were top notch too. For the first track, John Coltrane sits in. I believe Sonny thought it was his job to let the new guy blow. Sort of like old man let's young man have a shot. And back and forth solos between them in the song is almost woth the price of the cut alone.

There isn't two saxophonists who play more different. You can easily distinguish Sonny from Trane, and both of their ideas are endless and imaginative.

And joining Trane and Newk was The Red Garland Trio. Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Also know as, the rhythm section of the Miles Davis Quintet. The three worked together on numerous projects, though Garland substituted Art Taylor for drummer Philly Joe Jones most of the time, on Red's solo projects, The Red Garland Trio quickly became Garland, Chambers, and Art Taylor, but the original drummer, Philly Joe Jones is here for the recording.

Red Garland was truely his own man. Very distinct style, with his use of block chords, and melodically swinging approach. After Sonny gives up his solo time and Garland comes in, a beautiful mileau comes over you, due to Garland's colorful and imaginative solos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay Brown on November 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
"Who can take a nothing day and, suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?" asked Mary Tyler Moore (show). Apparently, Sonny Rollins can, also. Tenor Madness is just another day at the office; not bad, not great. The opener, Sonny's own "Paul's Pal" is a simple, but very good theme. Sonny's brief solo swings, as does Paul Chamber's, and Red Garland's, followed by some 'fours with Philly Joe. Sonny gives the best rendition of "My Reverie" that I've ever heard. Of note here, also, is Red's supportive work and Paul's solo. Sonny's sense of humor delivers all of the Pagentry of "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World", before jumping off to some high-speed swinging. All of Sonny's solos are evolved and excellent. Note Philly Joe's solo here. "When Your Lover Has Gone" is beautifully handled by everyone. Sonny's solo is followed by Red's typical,laid-back,solid solo. Paul speaks, Philly Joe comments before Sonny concludes (notably). Then John Coltrane passed by! While "Tenor Madness" is neither "Blue Trane" or "Worktime", it's not that far from either. It is two giants "gettin' down". Trane's hard-jammin runs, followed by Sonny's smooth-line swing has everybody jumping. Trane/Rollins 'fours' have to be heard. The whole Tenor Madness album is certainty a MOST WORTHWHILE asset.
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