Sonny Rollins (ts), Reshid Kmal Ali (tp), Paul Bley (p), Henry Grimes (b), Roy McCurdy (d), plus Betty Carter (vcl).
A splendid, previously unissued performance by tenor legend Sonny Rollins, recorded in Tokyo on his 1963 tour of Japan - with a quintet featuring Paul Bley and on two tracks, Betty Carter.
As a bonus, a rare 1956 broadcast by Rollins with the first incarnation of the Max Roach quintet after Clifford Browns tragic death.
01. Moritat (Mack The Knife)
02. The Way You Look Tonight
03. When I Fall In Love
05. On A Slow Boat To China
06. Valse Hot [Incomplete] (*) Bonus Track
07. I Get A Kick Out Of You (*) Bonus Track
Total time: 77:45 min.
Recorded at Marunouchi Hotel, Tokyo, on September 19, 1963.
Except the bonus tracks, which has been taken from 'Bandstand USA' Broadcast, recorded at Café Bohemia, New York City, on October 10, 1956.
Personnel on tracks #1-4: Sonny Rollins (ts), Reshid Kmal Ali (tp), Paul Bley (p), Henry Grimes (b) and Roy McCurdy (d). Special guest Betty Carter (vcl on #2-3).
Personnel on track #5: Sonny Rollins (ts), Tetsuo Fushimi (tp), Akira Miyazawa (ts), Nouro Maeda (p), Tatsuro Takimoto (b) and Takeshi Inomata (d).
Personnel on tracks #6-7: Sonny Rollins (ts), Kenny Dorham (tp), Ray Bryant (p), George Morrow (b), and Max Roach (d).
These rare recordings are taken from non-professional sources and may not be always up to modern audio standards; but are reissued for their historical importance.