Worktime Original recording remastered
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Parodox, a latin like swing, is great. Raincheck, nice melodies, nice grooves. Some other nice ballads. This is a wonderful piece of work by Newk in early 1955, fresh out of the Cliff Brown, Max Roach Quintet, and done with of a drug addiction.
Newk was always at his best in every setting, but I feel this one captures him rather, more inspired than usual. Maybe it's because it was just another record date, and no pressure. The ideas just came puring out of his horn without effort. And the result was magical!
Highly recommended for all fans of Sonny Rollins and also for fans of 1950s hard-bop jazz.
Then he does three original tunes, Raincheck, Paradox, and There Are Such Things, each one a classic well composed tune that could be a standard, if perhaps someone would write lyrics for it.
He finishes as he begins, with a show tune, this one Cole Porter's It's All Right With Me from Can Can. Sonny really loves well written tunes, and this one is one of Cole Porter's wellest written. He does it justice with his nimble rhythm, his robust sound, and his unbridled musicallity.
Only five tunes on this record, but each one a jewel, and on each one Mr. Rollins really gets down to business. Work Time.
Serious Rollins fans prefer this lost classic to Saxophone Colossus. Sonny's harmonic and rhythmic brilliance shine throughout. With Worktime Rollins proved to be the greatest tenor saxophone player in the world.
Miles Davis was so floored when he heard the original acetate that he played it over and over at the Prestige office in NYC. Miles was so blown away that he phoned Allen Eager and played the tapes over the phone. This is also one of the best sounding Rudy Van Gelder remasters. Rollins, Roach, Bryant, and Morrow can all be heard with clarity and depth.
No jazz lover should be without Worktime.
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Holy mother of sax and drums does this recording pound, swing and sizzle; it takes off like a rocketship from the first note, takes a little rest, and then blasts right back into... Read morePublished on August 30, 2012 by Timothy Mitchell
(While I like the original jacket cover better) This is, by far, Sonny Rollins' most dynamic session for Prestige. From Sonny's "O.K. Read morePublished on November 5, 2010 by Jay Brown
Wow. In any other musician's catalogue, this might stand as the crowning achievement. Sonny's got Way Out West and Newk's Time in the offing to match it, but Work Time is pretty... Read morePublished on April 10, 2009 by Matthew Watters
Wow. In any other musician's catalogue, this might stand as the crowning achievement. Sonny's got Way Out West and Newk's Time in the offing to match it, but Work Time is pretty... Read morePublished on April 5, 2009 by Matthew Watters