A true jazz icon, a major tenor sax, Theodore Walter Rollins career spans more than sixty years.
During the only 50's period, he recorded an incredible amount of sessions (mainly for Prestige, Blue Note and Contemporary), most of which are considered historical.
Rollins featured extensively with other jazz giants, from Thelonious Monk to Max Roach.
Beginners can take a safe pick with any of the 50's-60's records, including Tenor Madness, Saxophone Colossus and Newk's Time.

On May 21, 2007, Sonny Rollins was awarded The Polar Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Each year, one such award is given to a pop or jazz composer, with a second such award going to a classical composer. (Steve Reich was the winner in the classical category).

Annotation last modified on 2007-11-26 07:19 UTC.



1954Blows for LPThelonious Monk Quintet featuring Sonny Rollins1
1956DigMiles Davis featuring Sonny Rollins311
1956Moving OutSonny Rollins7
1956Rollins Plays for BirdSonny Rollins6
1956Saxophone ColossusSonny Rollins522
1956Sonny Rollins Plus 4Sonny Rollins9
1956Sonny Rollins With the Modern Jazz QuartetSonny Rollins with The Modern Jazz Quartet feat. Art Blakey & Kenny Drew7
1956Work TimeSonny Rollins7
1957Sonny Rollins, Volume 1Sonny Rollins5
1957Sonny Rollins, Volume 2Sonny Rollins5
1957The Sound of SonnySonny Rollins12
1957Way Out WestSonny Rollins416
1958DuetsDizzy Gillespie with Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt2
1958Freedom SuiteSonny Rollins6
1958Sonny Rollins and the Big BrassSonny Rollins4
1958Tour de ForceSonny Rollins3
1959Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary LeadersSonny Rollins38
1959Newk’s TimeSonny Rollins44
1959Sonny Side UpDizzy Gillespie with Sonny Stitt & Sonny Rollins4
1961Sonny BoySonny Rollins3
1962The BridgeSonny Rollins13
1962What’s New?Sonny Rollins6
19633 in JazzClark Terry Quintet, Sonny Rollins & Gary Burton Quartet1
1963Sonny Meets Hawk!Sonny Rollins & Coleman Hawkins43
1964Now’s the Time!Sonny Rollins4
1965Sonny Rollins on impulse!Sonny Rollins7
1965The Standard Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins3
1966East Broadway Run DownSonny Rollins3
1972Sonny Rollins’ Next AlbumSonny Rollins4
1973Horn CultureSonny Rollins2
1975NucleusSonny Rollins2
1976The Way I FeelSonny Rollins2
1977Easy LivingSonny Rollins4
1979Don’t AskSonny Rollins2
1980Love at First SightSonny Rollins2
1982No ProblemSonny Rollins2
1982Reel LifeSonny Rollins2
1984Sunny Days, Starry NightsSonny Rollins3
1987Dancing in the DarkSonny Rollins2
1989Falling in Love With JazzSonny Rollins3
1991Here’s to the PeopleSonny Rollins1
1993Old FlamesSonny Rollins1
1996Sonny Rollins + 3Sonny Rollins1
1998Global WarmingSonny Rollins1
2000This Is What I DoSonny Rollins2
2006Sonny, PleaseSonny Rollins1

Album + Compilation

1956ConceptionMiles Davis, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, Sonny Rollins & Zoot Sims2
1956Thelonious Monk & Sonny RollinsThelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins9
1971First Recordings!Sonny Rollins1
1981Vintage SessionsSonny Rollins1
1982After the BridgeSonny Rollins2
1986Contemporary Alternate TakesSonny Rollins1
1986The Quartets Featuring Jim HallSonny Rollins3
1989The Best of Sonny Rollins: The Blue Note YearsSonny Rollins1
1990All the Things You AreSonny Rollins2
1992The Complete Prestige RecordingsSonny Rollins2
1992AlternativesSonny Rollins1
1992Sonny Rollins and FriendsSonny Rollins1
1995Sonny Rollins & Co. 1964Sonny Rollins1
1995The Art of SaxophoneSonny Rollins1
1996Silver City: A Celebration of 25 Years on MilestoneSonny Rollins2
1996Rollins ’Round MidnightSonny Rollins1
1997Original Jazz Classics CollectionSonny Rollins1
1997Planet Jazz: Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins1
1998Jazz ShowcaseSonny Rollins1
1999Brown Skin GirlSonny Rollins1
2000The Best of the Complete RCA Victor RecordingsSonny Rollins1
2000The Freelance Years: The Complete Riverside & Contemporary RecordingsSonny Rollins1
2000Ken Burns Jazz: Definitive Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins1
2000The Essential Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins1
2000100 ans de jazz: Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins1
2001DéfinitifSonny Rollins1
2001Ralph J. Gleason's Jazz CasualSonny Rollins, Art Farmer1
2002Sonny Rollins's Finest HourSonny Rollins1
2002Sonny Rollins BalladsSonny Rollins2
2002SolidSonny Rollins1
2002Complete 1949-1951 Prestige Studio SessionsSonny Rollins1
2004Sonny Rollins - Modern Jazz ArchiveSonny Rollins1
2004Jazz Ballads 4: Clifford Brown & Sonny RollinsClifford Brown & Sonny Rollins1
2005The Essential, the RCA YearsSonny Rollins1
2006The Impulse StorySonny Rollins1
2006The Best Of Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins1
2006Saxophone Colossus & Work TimeSonny Rollins1
2006First Class Jazz 05Sonny Rollins1
2006Prestige Profiles: Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins1
2006Supreme Jazz: Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins1
2007Valse HotSonny Rollins1
2008BD JAZZ : Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins1
2009The Classic Prestige Sessions 1951-1956Miles Davis & Sonny Rollins1
2010Original Album ClassicsSonny Rollins1
2010The Definitive Sonny Rollins on Prestige, Riverside, and ContemporarySonny Rollins1
2011On Impulse! / There Will Never Be Another You (Impulse Twofer)Sonny Rollins1
2012Rollin' With RollinsSonny Rollins1
2015The Prestige YearsSonny Rollins1
20165 Original AlbumsSonny Rollins1
A Jazz Hour With Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins1
Airegin, 1951–1956Sonny Rollins1
DoxySonny Rollins1
Everytime We Say GoodbyeSonny Rollins1
ScoopsSonny Rollins1

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