Newk’s Time is an album by Sonny Rollins. It was his third album for Blue Note Records, recorded in 1957 and released in 1959. The title of the album is a reference to Rollins’ nickname “Newk”, which is apparently based on his resemblance to Don Newcombe, a pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers. “Namely You” was taken from the Broadway show Li’l Abner. The release marked the beginning of Blue Note 4000 series: from this album on, the releases would be catalogued as “BLP 4…” (mono) and “BST 84…” (stereo).
Rollins’ version of “Surrey with the Fringe on Top”, from the musical Oklahoma!, takes the form of exchanges between the drums of Philly Joe Jones and the saxophonist.