Staying on the Watch

Staying on the Watch is the debut album by jazz musician Sonny Simmons. It was released as ESP-1030 on the ESP-Disk label in 1966. The cover photo used is a reverse negative, displaying Simmons playing left handed against the NYC skyline.[1] Colin Larkin, writing in The Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz considers it "a masterpiece of new jazz".[2]

Staying on the Watch
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 30, 1966 (1966-08-30)
LabelESP-Disk Cat # 1030
ProducerBernard Stollman
Sonny Simmons chronology
Staying on the Watch
Music From the Spheres

Track listing

All compositions by Sonny Simmons
  1. "Metamorphosis" - 11:38
  2. "A Distant Voice" - 7:23
  3. "City of David" - 15:03
  4. "Interplanetary Travelers" - 9:20



  1. Sonny Simmons sessionography accessed December 28, 2012
  2. Larkin, Colin (1999) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz, p. 782 at Google Books. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
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