A Guide to the Early Work of Sonny Rollins on Prestige Records

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Since the commencement of his recording career, Sonny Rollins has shown an impervious sense of flair: enjoying an extra helping of what Robert Farris Thompson calls the Aesthetic of the Cool. In his essay “An Aesthetic of the Cool II,” Thompson explains that “…mastery of self enables a person to transcend time and elude preoccupation.” He goes on to add that they “can concentrate upon truly important matters, of social balance and aesthetic substance, creative matters, full of motion and brilliance.” If that doesn’t describe the fruit borne of Sonny Rollins, I don’t know what does. And his early works in particular serve as a true testament to his work’s vitality.