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Editors’ Notes

Sonny Rollins has been one of jazz’s preeminent tenor sax players for more than 50 years. Though he doesn’t record often these days (this is his first studio release in five years), he continues to tour regularly, and he sounds loose and unhurried here, at ease with this excellent ensemble which includes longtime collaborator Bob Cranshaw (bass), Clifton Anderson (trombone), Bobby Broom (guitar), Steve Jordan (drums), and Kimati Dinizulu (percussion). Comprised of four originals and three standards, Sonny, Please mostly simmers, though the energy does surge on the title track (especially the live bonus version) and the standout “Nishi,” both of which feature powerful, supple, and hard-swinging solos. There’s also a trio of warm ballads, a moving tribute to the late pianist Tommy Flanagan (“Remembering Tommy”), and the irresistible “Park Place Parade,” which incorporates the calypso stylings that Rollins has always favored and includes a flowing, funky solo by Anderson, and long, lyrical lines from Rollins that perfectly capture the Caribbean mood. Sonny, Please is a thoroughly captivating release from this timeless saxophone colossus.

Customer Reviews

The Tenor Titan

I'm a huge Sonny Rollins fan, and this is some of his greatest work. I encourage anyone who listens to jazz to buy this album. Every tune is great, wonderful CD overall!

The Saxophone Colossus

This is Sonny's first studio recording in five years and his best in a decade. Every few years, it seems he re-invents himself and this wonderful recording is no exception. Just listen to the title track and hear how Sonny still plays with the majesty of a Greek God. There are also several moving ballads including his own, "Remembering Tommy," a tribute to the great Tommy Flanagan. It's all good here and further proof that when Sonny plays, the world listens. The live bonus track of the "Sonny, Please," demonstrates that there are no other sax players today, playing like Sonny. Period!

The Legend Plays Like a Legend

What more is there to say!


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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