Sonny Rollins: Tenor Madness (2002)
Supporting Rollins and Coltrane on Tenor Madness, originally recorded in 1956 and recently reissued, is Miles Davis’s first classic rhythm section: pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. Collectively, these jazz deities serve up one of the most memorable sessions recorded. Aside from the classic duet, Rollins delivers the expected ("When You Lover has Gone") and the unexpected ("My Reverie," "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World) and the original ("Paul’s Pal"). Fantasy’s remastering efforts considerably clean up the sound. Jone’s drums are crisper and chamber’s bass less muddy; the latter still far from ideal by today’s spoiled standards.
No matter, though, Tenor Madness is a bit of jazz history that occurs when two masters at the top of their games butt heads, producing sparks...of music.
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Track Listing: Tenor Madness; When Your Lover Has Gone; Paul's Pal; My Reverie; The Most Beautiful Girl in the World. (Total Time 35:06).
Personnel: Sonny Rollins-Tenor Saxophone; Red Garland-Piano; Paul Chambers-Bass; Philly Joe Jones-Drums; John Coltrane-Tenor Saxophone ("Tenor Madness" only).
Record Label: Prestige Records