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Tour de force?,
This review is from: Tour De Force (Audio CD)
This 1956 session for Prestige offers an interesting peek at the earlier recording career of this legend of the tenor saxophone. While listeners tuning in to this album will not do so in vain, certain aspects of it do leave some things to be desired. The singing of Earl Coleman is somewhat cumbersome on both "My Ideal" and "Two Different Worlds", and the album would have done well to exclude Mr. Coleman from this release.
Max Roach does stand out on this recording, though the original master takes didn't pick up his drum solos very well. "B. Quick" and "B. Swift" are romping numbers that really save this album from falling into obscurity, featuring intense interactions between the members. The remastering which was done in 1989 is not up to our standard today, and so the sound quality is not all that it should be. This is an album worth adding to your collections, though it is not essential.
Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone)
Kenny Drew (piano)
George Morrow (bass)
Max Roach (drums)
Earl Coleman (vocals on #2 and #5)
Recording date: December 7, 1956
Digital remastering in 1989 by Joe Tarantino of Fantasy Studios, Berkeley
Total time: 42 minutes