Sonny Rollins
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1930-09-07
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Biography

The career of Sonny Rollins began in the bebop era of the 1940s, and stretches into the 21st century. He is one of the great innovators on tenor saxophone, with a restless improvising imagination that has often led him to ...

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Biography

The career of Sonny Rollins began in the bebop era of the 1940s, and stretches into the 21st century. He is one of the great innovators on tenor saxophone, with a restless improvising imagination that has often led him to play very long solos that wring every ounce of variety out of a tune.

He is also a great communicator on stage, with many of his pieces building on the West Indian calypso heritage, and grabbing the attention of his audience, in even the most complex improvisations. He grew up in New York, and was already playing at the highest professional level before he left high school. His first discs - including a blistering session with Bud Powell from 1948 - are remarkable, but he went on to even greater heights with Miles Davis in the early 1950s.

He replaced Harold Land with the Clifford Brown - Max Roach quintet, and continued to work with Roach after Brown's premature death. In 1956-7, as well as briefly rejoining Miles Davis, Rollins made an extraordinary sequence of albums that show the brilliant range of his creativity, as well as his utter rhythmic confidence, either sparring with Max Roach or (live at the Village Vanguard) with Elvin Jones.

After a retreat from public appearance in which he was often to be found practising outdoors on a Manhattan bridge, he returned to prominence in the 1960s, notably in a quartet with guitarist Jim Hall, but also in a recording group with Herbie Hancock. During this period he also began playing long unaccompanied improvisations, and this was to become a feature of his subsequent club and concert appearances.

After another period of retreat in the late 1960s (this time he went to India) Rollins returned to front his own group, which he has continued to do ever since. A typical concert includes many of his own calypso compositions, such as St Thomas or Don't Stop The Carnival, his extended workouts on well-known standards (a recent favourite is A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square) and fiery interaction with his other bandmembers, including long-serving bassist Bob Cranshaw, and trombonist Clifton Anderson.



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Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Cleveland, Oliver Nelson, Walter Booker, J. J. Johnson, Bob Ashton, Roger Kellaway, Phil Woods, Frankie Dunlop, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Rollins & Danny Bank
Alfie's Theme Differently
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Alfie's Theme Differently Alfie's Theme Differently Alfie's Theme Differently Alfie's Theme Differently
Elvin Jones, Sonny Rollins & Wilbur Ware
Old Devil Moon
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Old Devil Moon Old Devil Moon Old Devil Moon Old Devil Moon
Tommy Potter, Bud Powell, Sonny Rollins, Fats Navarro & Roy Haynes
52nd Street Theme
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52nd Street Theme 52nd Street Theme 52nd Street Theme 52nd Street Theme
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Bluesnote
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Bluesnote Bluesnote Bluesnote Bluesnote
Sonny Stitt, Sonny Rollins & Dizzy Gillespie
Eternal Triangle
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Eternal Triangle Eternal Triangle Eternal Triangle Eternal Triangle
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More Than You Know
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More Than You Know More Than You Know More Than You Know More Than You Know
Philly Joe Jones, Sonny Rollins & Sonny Rollins
Surrey With The Fringe on Top
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Surrey With The Fringe on Top Surrey With The Fringe on Top Surrey With The Fringe on Top Surrey With The Fringe on Top
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Sonnymoon For Two
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Sonnymoon For Two Sonnymoon For Two Sonnymoon For Two Sonnymoon For Two
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Get Happy
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Get Happy Get Happy Get Happy Get Happy
Sonny Rollins & The Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet
Valse Hot
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Valse Hot Valse Hot Valse Hot Valse Hot
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Who Cares?
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Who Cares? Who Cares? Who Cares? Who Cares?
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You Do Something to Me
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You Do Something to Me You Do Something to Me You Do Something to Me You Do Something to Me
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Alfie's Theme
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Alfie's Theme Alfie's Theme Alfie's Theme Alfie's Theme
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Bluesongo
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Bluesongo Bluesongo Bluesongo Bluesongo
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Theme From Alfie
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Theme From Alfie Theme From Alfie Theme From Alfie Theme From Alfie
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On Impulse
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On Impulse On Impulse On Impulse On Impulse
Sonny Rollins & John Etheridge
Doxy (feat. John Etheridge)
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Doxy (feat. John Etheridge) Doxy (feat. John Etheridge) Doxy (feat. John Etheridge) Doxy (feat. John Etheridge)
Sonny Rollins, ts; Mark Soskin, p; Aurell Ray , eg; Jerome Harris, eb; Tony Williams, d. April 1978 & Sonny Rollins
Don’t Stop the Carnival
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Don’t Stop the Carnival Don’t Stop the Carnival Don’t Stop the Carnival Don’t Stop the Carnival

Don’t Stop the Carnival

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Sonny Rollins, ts; Mark Soskin, p; Aurell Ray , eg; Jerome Harris, eb; Tony Williams, d. April 1978 & Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins, ts; Clifton Anderson, tb; Stephen Scott, p; Bob Cranshaw, b; Perry Wilson, d; Victor See-Yuen, perc. 8 June 2000 & Sonny Rollins
Tenor Madness
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Tenor Madness Tenor Madness Tenor Madness Tenor Madness

Tenor Madness

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Sonny Rollins, ts; Clifton Anderson, tb; Stephen Scott, p; Bob Cranshaw, b; Perry Wilson, d; Victor See-Yuen, perc. 8 June 2000 & Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins, ts; Mark Soskin, p; Aurell Ray, eg; Jerome Harris, eb; Tony Williams, d. April 1978 & Sonny Rollins
Autumn Nocturne
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Autumn Nocturne Autumn Nocturne Autumn Nocturne Autumn Nocturne

Autumn Nocturne

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Sonny Rollins, ts; Mark Soskin, p; Aurell Ray, eg; Jerome Harris, eb; Tony Williams, d. April 1978 & Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins, ts; Don Cherry, c; Bob Cranshaw, b; Billy Higgins, d. July 1962 & Sonny Rollins
Dearly Beloved
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Dearly Beloved Dearly Beloved Dearly Beloved Dearly Beloved

Dearly Beloved

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Sonny Rollins, ts; Don Cherry, c; Bob Cranshaw, b; Billy Higgins, d. July 1962 & Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins, ts; Wilbur Ware, b; Elvin Jones, d. 3 November 1957 & Sonny Rollins
Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
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Softly as in a Morning Sunrise Softly as in a Morning Sunrise Softly as in a Morning Sunrise Softly as in a Morning Sunrise

Softly as in a Morning Sunrise

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Sonny Rollins, ts; Wilbur Ware, b; Elvin Jones, d. 3 November 1957 & Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins, ts; Wilbur Ware, b; Elvin Jones, d. 3 November 1957 & Sonny Rollins
Old Devil Moon
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Old Devil Moon Old Devil Moon Old Devil Moon Old Devil Moon

Old Devil Moon

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Sonny Rollins, ts; Wilbur Ware, b; Elvin Jones, d. 3 November 1957 & Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins & Jimmy Cleveland, J J Johnson, tb; Phil Woods, as; Sonny Rollins, Oliver Nelson, ts; Danny Bank, bs; Roger Kellaway, p; Kenny Burrell, g; Walter Booker, b; Frankie Dunlop d. 26 Jan 1966.
Alfie's Theme
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Alfie's Theme Alfie's Theme Alfie's Theme Alfie's Theme

Alfie's Theme

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Jimmy Cleveland, J J Johnson, tb; Phil Woods, as; Sonny Rollins, Oliver Nelson, ts; Danny Bank, bs; Roger Kellaway, p; Kenny Burrell, g; Walter Booker, b; Frankie Dunlop d. 26 Jan 1966.
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St Thomas
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St Thomas St Thomas St Thomas St Thomas
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Raincheck
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Raincheck Raincheck Raincheck Raincheck
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I'm An Old Cowhand [Alternate Take]
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I'm An Old Cowhand [Alternate Take] I'm An Old Cowhand [Alternate Take] I'm An Old Cowhand [Alternate Take] I'm An Old Cowhand [Alternate Take]
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I Feel a Song Coming On
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I Feel a Song Coming On I Feel a Song Coming On I Feel a Song Coming On I Feel a Song Coming On
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Easy Living
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Easy Living Easy Living Easy Living Easy Living
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Hold 'Em Joe
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Hold 'Em Joe Hold 'Em Joe Hold 'Em Joe Hold 'Em Joe
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Dearly Beloved
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Dearly Beloved Dearly Beloved Dearly Beloved Dearly Beloved
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Strode Rode
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Strode Rode Strode Rode Strode Rode Strode Rode
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God Bless the Child
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God Bless the Child God Bless the Child God Bless the Child God Bless the Child
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Tenor Madness
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Tenor Madness Tenor Madness Tenor Madness Tenor Madness
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Slow Boat To China
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Slow Boat To China Slow Boat To China Slow Boat To China Slow Boat To China
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Why Was I Born?
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Why Was I Born? Why Was I Born? Why Was I Born? Why Was I Born?
Sonny Rollins
To a Wild Rose
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To a Wild Rose To a Wild Rose To a Wild Rose To a Wild Rose
Sonny Rollins
Newk's Fadeaway
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Newk's Fadeaway Newk's Fadeaway Newk's Fadeaway Newk's Fadeaway
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Medley (I Can't Get Started / Three Little Words / St. Thomas)
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Medley (I Can't Get Started / Three Little Words / St. Thomas) Medley (I Can't Get Started / Three Little Words / St. Thomas) Medley (I Can't Get Started / Three Little Words / St. Thomas) Medley (I Can't Get Started / Three Little Words / St. Thomas)
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Blue Seven
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Blue Seven Blue Seven Blue Seven Blue Seven
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I'm An Old Cowhand
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I'm An Old Cowhand I'm An Old Cowhand I'm An Old Cowhand I'm An Old Cowhand
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