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January 20, April 27, 1949
New York City

Capitol Records

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Personnel

Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone)
J.J. Johnson (trombone)
Julius Watkins (french horn)
Alberto Socarras (flute)
Don Redman (soprano saxophone)
Ray Nance (violin)
Jordan Fordin (alto saxophone)
Wynton Kelly, Linton Garner (piano)
Bruce Lawrence, Art Phipps (bass)
Roy Haynes, Jack Parker (drums)
Babs Gonzales (vocal)

Tracks

Capitolizing
Professor Bop
Real Crazy
Then You’ll Be Boppin’ Too,
When Lovers They Lose
St. Louis Blues

Also reissued as “Bebop Professors.” This was Sonny’s first recording. Babs Gonzales was a colorful character during the Bebop era, who managed to surround himself with excellent musicians.

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