Sonny Rollins: Alfie -OST (1966)

subtitled: Original Music From The Score


Track list:

01. Alfie’s Theme
02. He’s Younger Than You Are
03. Street Runner with Child
04. Transition Theme For Minor Blues or Little Malcom Loves His Dad
05. On Impulse
06. Alfie’s Theme Differently


Sonny Rollins – tenor sax;
J.J. Johnson – trombone (#1,2);
Jimmy Cleveland – trombone (#3-6);
Phil Woods – alto sax;
Bob Ashton – tenor sax;
Danny Bank – baritone sax;
Roger Kellaway – piano;
Kenny Burrell – guitar;
Walter Booker – bass;
Frankie Dunlop – drums;
Oliver Nelson – arranger, conductor

Recorded: Rudy van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey; January 26, 1966
Released: 1966
Label: Impulse!

Producer: Rob Theile
Recording Engineer: Rudy van Gelder
Liner notes: Nat Hentoff
Liner photo of Sonny Rollins: Charles Stewart


Alfie is a 1966 album by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins of music from the film of the same name.

The original British film soundtrack featured Rollins with local musicians, including pianist Stan Tracey, who are not heard on this album.

In the UK the album was originally released with the title Sonny Plays Alfie on the HMV label before being re-packaged & re-issued in 1972 under the Alfie title on the jazz-based Impulse! label.
~wikipedia[May, 2013]


Sonny Rollins compositions for the film Alfie (which benefited greatly from Oliver Nelson’s arrangements) are heard on this CD as played by Rollins and a ten-piece band.

The music easily stands by itself without the movie and Rollins is in fine form on these generally memorable themes, particularly “On Impulse” and “Alfie’s Theme.”

This superlative effort was most recently reissued on an Impulse CD in 1997.
~Scott Yanow[]