Sonny Rollins
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1930-09-07
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Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins Biography (BBC)

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.

Sonny Rollins Biography (Wikipedia)

Walter Theodore "Sonny" Rollins (born September 7, 1930) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist, widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians. In a seven-decade career, he has recorded at least sixty albums as leader and a number of his compositions, including "St. Thomas", "Oleo", "Doxy", "Pent-Up House", and "Airegin", have become jazz standards. Rollins has been called "the greatest living improviser."

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Thelonious Monk
Brilliant Corners
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Brilliant Corners
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The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
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The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
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You Don't Know What Love Is
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You Don't Know What Love Is
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Will You Still Be Mine
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Will You Still Be Mine
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St. Thomas
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St. Thomas
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East Broadway Rundown
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East Broadway Rundown
The Modern Jazz Quartet
A Night In Tunisia
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A Night In Tunisia
Clifford Brown
I'll Remember April
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I'll Remember April
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Decision
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Decision
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The Bridge
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The Bridge
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Blue Seven
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Blue Seven
Sidney Bechet
Shake It And Break It
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Shake It And Break It
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The Freedom Suite
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The Freedom Suite
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Wagon Wheels
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Wagon Wheels
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The Bridge
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The Bridge
Dizzy Gillespie
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
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On The Sunny Side Of The Street
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Way out West
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Way out West
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Reflections
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Reflections
Bud Powell
52nd Street Theme
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52nd Street Theme
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Alfie's Theme
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Alfie's Theme
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Without a Song
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Without a Song
Miles Davis
Airegin (feat. Sonny Rollins)
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Airegin (feat. Sonny Rollins)
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Duke Of Iron
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Duke Of Iron
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I've Told Every Little Star
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I've Told Every Little Star
Max Roach
Lover
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Lover
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Four
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Four
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God bless the child
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God bless the child
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The Song Is You
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The Song Is You
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You Are Too Beautiful
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You Are Too Beautiful
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Love is a Simple Thing
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Love is a Simple Thing
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I'm an Old Cowhand
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I'm an Old Cowhand
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Love is a Simple Thing
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Love is a Simple Thing

Love is a Simple Thing

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A Night In Tunisia
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A Night In Tunisia
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I Remember You
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I Remember You
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Solo (Live)
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Solo (Live)
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Swing Low Sweet Chariot
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Swing Low Sweet Chariot
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Come, Gone
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Come, Gone
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