This is the virtuosic Mr. Rollins in the full flower of his post-Chicago period, when he was a member of the Clifford Brown/Max Roach quintet. Brown and Richie Powell had died in a tragic car accident earlier in the year but Roach, the paradigm of percussion, and the steady, solid bassist George Morrow are complemented by pianist Kenny Drew for this recording only. "Ee-Ah" is a brilliant demonstration of Sonny's rhythmically motival invention while "B. Quick" and "B. Swift" are prodigious workouts on "Cherokee" and "Lover," respectively. On "Sonny Boy," recorded at the same December 1956 session, and "The House I Live In," a 1940s song associated with performances by Josh White and Frank Sinatra, recorded two months earlier, Rollins reinforces his position as one of the true, and few, masters of the extended solo.
with Kenny Dorham, Kenny Drew, Wade Legge, George Morrow, Max Roach