Sonny Rollins: Asiatic Raes


Asiatic Raes


Sonny Rollins (tenor sax)


Newk’s Time (Blue Note 84001 )

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Sonny Rollins (tenor sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Doug Watkins (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Composed by Kenny Dorham


Recorded: Hackensack, New Jersey, September 22, 1957


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

An early leader date by the unpredictable Rollins produced some of his most in-the-pocket playing on record. Drummer Philly Joe Jones handles the intricate polyrhythms of this song with his usual skill and distinctive magic. Rollins improvises over the polyrhythms, instead of “straightening out” the structure with a more conventional 4/4 meter. Composed by Kenny Dorham, this tune also reveals a striking similarity to his own “Lotus Blossom.”

Reviewer: David Tenenholtz

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