Today In Jazz

Sonny Rollins Plus 4

March 22

It’s hard to believe that the music you’re about to hear turns 58 years old, or rather young, today.

Max Roach and Clifford Brown hired Sonny Rollins to join their quintet late in 1955, and they made one session under Sonny’s leadership: Sonny Rollins Plus 4. Every note they played together was precious, as Brown died tragically young just a few months later.

Here is one of the pieces they recorded at that session, and no matter how many times you hear it, it comes blazingly alive as soon as it starts. This is Pent-Up House: