Sonny Rollins' Blue Note years produced some of the quintessential recordings of the post-bop era. The simply titled VOLUME ONE is one such disc that exemplifies the classic swinging quintet format that defined small ensemble performance style from then on. Expertly recorded by the legendary Rudy Van Gelder, Rollins and his men-a young Donald Byrd (trumpet), the masterful Wynton Kelly (piano), Gene Ramey (bass) and bebop pioneer Max Roach (drums)-display expert improvisational skills on the bluesy opener "Decision" and the hard-swinging "Bluesnote." Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on December 16, 1956. Originally released on Blue Note (1542). Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather and Bob Blumenthal.
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