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.


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Bossa NovaSonny Rollins1
Happy 90thSonny Rollins1


1954Blows for LPThelonious Monk Quintet featuring Sonny Rollins1
1956DigMiles Davis featuring Sonny Rollins3.512
1956Moving OutSonny Rollins7
1956Sonny Rollins Plus 4Sonny Rollins49
1956Sonny Rollins With the Modern Jazz QuartetSonny Rollins with The Modern Jazz Quartet feat. Art Blakey & Kenny Drew9
1956Work TimeSonny Rollins8
1957Saxophone ColossusSonny Rollins526
1957Sonny Rollins, Volume 2Sonny Rollins46
1957Sonny Rollins, Volume 1Sonny Rollins36
1957The Sound of SonnySonny Rollins12
1957Way Out WestSonny Rollins420
1958DuetsDizzy Gillespie with Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt8
1958Freedom SuiteSonny Rollins6
1958Sonny Rollins and the Big BrassSonny Rollins4
1958Tour de ForceSonny Rollins3
1959Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary LeadersSonny Rollins39
1959Newk’s TimeSonny Rollins46
1959Sonny Side UpDizzy Gillespie with Sonny Stitt & Sonny Rollins6
1961Sonny BoySonny Rollins53
1962The BridgeSonny Rollins15
1962What’s New?Sonny Rollins57
19633 in JazzClark Terry Quintet, Sonny Rollins & Gary Burton Quartet1
1963Sonny Meets Hawk!Sonny Rollins & Coleman Hawkins44
1964Now’s the Time!Sonny Rollins5
1965Sonny Rollins on impulse!Sonny Rollins47
1965The Standard Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins3
1966East Broadway Run DownSonny Rollins44
1968Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins1
1972Sonny Rollins’ Next AlbumSonny Rollins5
1973Horn CultureSonny Rollins3
1975NucleusSonny Rollins3
1977Easy LivingSonny Rollins4
1977The Way I FeelSonny Rollins3
1978Pure Gold JazzSonny Rollins1
1979Don’t AskSonny Rollins3
1980Love at First SightSonny Rollins2
1982No ProblemSonny Rollins3
1982Reel LifeSonny Rollins3
1984Sunny Days, Starry NightsSonny Rollins4
1987Dancing in the DarkSonny Rollins3
1989Falling in Love With JazzSonny Rollins3
1991Here’s to the PeopleSonny Rollins1
1992OleoSonny Rollins2
1993Old FlamesSonny Rollins1
1996Sonny Rollins + 3Sonny Rollins1
1998Global WarmingSonny Rollins1
2000This Is What I DoSonny Rollins2
2000Way Out WestSonny Rollins1
2006Sonny, PleaseSonny Rollins2
2006Blues For TomorrowEast Coast All-Stars, Herbie Mann, Sonny Rollins, Mundell Lowe, Bobby Jaspar Quartet1
2016Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins: Together at Newport 1963Sonny Rollins & Coleman Hawkins1
2018Complete Sonny Rollins In JapanSonny Rollins1
2020Rollins in HollandSonny Rollins1

Album + Compilation

1956ConceptionMiles Davis, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, Sonny Rollins & Zoot Sims54
1956Thelonious Monk & Sonny RollinsThelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins11
1971First Recordings!Sonny Rollins1
1981Vintage SessionsSonny Rollins1
1982After the BridgeSonny Rollins2
1986Contemporary Alternate TakesSonny Rollins1
1986The Quartets Featuring Jim HallSonny Rollins3
1986The Essential Sonny Rollins On RiversideSonny Rollins1
1989The Best of Sonny Rollins: The Blue Note YearsSonny Rollins1
1990Airegin, 1951–1956Sonny Rollins1
1990All the Things You AreSonny Rollins1
19911956 Tenor MadnessSonny Rollins1
1991Everytime We Say GoodbyeSonny Rollins1
1991On the OutsideSonny Rollins1
1991Tenor Madness / Saxophone ColossusSonny Rollins1
1992The Complete Prestige RecordingsSonny Rollins2
1992AlternativesSonny Rollins1
1992Sonny Rollins and FriendsSonny Rollins1
1994Sonny RollinsSonny 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
1997Sonny Rollins, Priceless Jazz CollectionSonny Rollins1
1997The Complete RCA Victor RecordingsSonny Rollins2
1997The Blue Note RecordingsSonny Rollins1
1998Greatest HitsSonny 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
2001ScoopsSonny Rollins1
2002Sonny Rollins's Finest HourSonny Rollins42
2002Sonny Rollins BalladsSonny Rollins2
2002SolidSonny Rollins1
2002Complete 1949-1951 Prestige Studio SessionsSonny Rollins1
2003Tenor TitanSonny Rollins1
2004Sonny Rollins - Modern Jazz ArchiveSonny Rollins1

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