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Album Review

Sonny Rollins first album after ending his six-year retirement is a particularly strong effort. The highpoint is a ten-minute version of "Skylark" that has a long unaccompanied section by the great tenor. Other memorable selections include "The Everywhere Calypso" and "Playing in the Yard." Rollins plays soprano on "Poinciana" and is heard using electronics (George Cables' electric piano) for the first time but this music is not all that different from what he was playing prior to his retirement.

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A Correction

The review above is NOT of "Next Album" but an apparent compilation of Rollins' earlier work. "Next Album" came out in the early 70's, the wry title alluding to SR's return from another self-imposed hiatus from recording. The first two cuts reflect some new tricks from Rollins: "Playin' In The Yard" propelled by a funk-based rhythm laid down by Jack DeJohnette and "Poinciana" featuring Rollins' first recorded performance with soprano sax. Both have good moments, but I find "Everywhere Calypso" with his straight-ahead blowing and especially "Skylark" are the reasons I still play this album after all these many years.


Born: September 7, 1930 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Sonny Rollins will go down in history as not only the single most enduring tenor saxophonist of the bebop and hard bop era, but also as one of the greatest contemporary jazz saxophonists of them all. His fluid and harmonically innovative ideas, effortless manner, and easily identifiable and accessible sound have influenced generations of performers, but have also fueled the notion that mainstream jazz music can be widely enjoyed, recognized, and proliferated. Born Theodore Walter Rollins in New York...
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