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The Contemporary Leader

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The Contemporary Leader
The Contemporary Leader


Compiled and annotated by musician and acknowledged expert Simon Spillett, this 4 CD survey of the greatest living Jazz musician during the most intriguing and productive time in his career. During 1958, at the peak of his powers, Sonny Rollins recorded some of his most diverse music yet. Then, without warning, and confounding all praise heaped on him, he took a baffling two year retirement as he attempted to further perfect his art, emerging in 1962 to even greater critical acclaim. This set contains key studio recordings and legendary live recordings. The box includes a 36 page booklet with a fascinating essay, discographical information and rare photos.


  1. Name
  2. Someday I'll Find You
  3. Will You Still Be Mine ?
  4. Till There Was You
  5. Shadow Waltz
  6. The Freedom Suite
  7. What's My Name ?
  8. If You Were The Only Girl In The World
  9. Manhattan
  10. Body And Soul
  11. Who Cares ?
  12. Love Is A Simple Thing
  13. Grand Street
  14. Far Out East
  15. Doxy
  16. Limehouse Blues
  17. I'll Follow My Secret Heart
  18. You Are Too Beautiful
  19. Bags' Groove
  20. A Night In Tunisia
  21. I've Told Every Little Star
  22. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody
  23. How High The Moon
  24. You
  25. I've Found A New Baby
  26. Alone Together
  27. In The Chapel In The Moonlight
  28. The Song Is You
  29. There Will Never Be Another You
  30. Stay As Sweet As You Are
  31. I've Told Every Little Star
  32. How High The Moon
  33. Oleo
  34. Paul's Pal
  35. Woody 'n' You
  36. But Not For Me
  37. Lady Bird
  38. God Bless The Child
  39. John S.
  40. You Do Something To Me
  41. Where Are You ?
  42. Without A Song
  43. The Bridge
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