Eines der langlebigsten Alben von Sonny Rollins und sicherlich eine ziemlich frühe definierende Aufnahme seines Talents und seiner Erfindungen. Diese Veröffentlichung enthält 3 alternative Takes und ein umfangreiches 16-seitiges Booklet.
"Sonny Rollins's 1957 Way Out West (whose cover features Rollins dressed in a suit, tie, gunbelt and 10-gallon hat against a backdrop of cactuses and cattle bones) is one of the most influential. Hearing it was Courtney Pine's induction into jazz sax, and many others tell the same story." (guardian.co.uk)
"Sonny Rollins’ playing is immediately attractive because of his muscular harmonic conservatism. Where he might have never have licked every scalar corner in existence as Coltrane did, he does always perform at the highest level. Way Out West remains a standard for this higher level." (allaboutjazz.com)
"The timeless Way out West established Sonny Rollins as jazz's top tenor saxophonist (at least until John Coltrane surpassed him the following year)." (allmusic.com)
"It seems an unlikely setting for one of the greatest jazz recordings of all time, musically and sonically. But the players were Sonny Rollins and Ray Brown and Shelly Manne, and the engineer was the intuitive genius Roy DuNann." (jazztimes.com)
"From the hilarious cover art, through the amazing music of the Sonny Rollins Trio, Way Out West is a stone classic." (seattlepi.com)