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The Bridge

Sonny Rollins

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Album Review

Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins' first recording after ending a surprising three-year retirement found the great saxophonist sounding very similar to how he had played in 1959, although he would soon start investigating freer forms. In a pianoless quartet with guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Ben Riley, Rollins explores four standards (including "Without a Song" and "God Bless the Child") plus two fiery originals, highlighted by the title cut. The interplay between Rollins and Hall is consistently impressive, making this set a near-classic and a very successful comeback.

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LANDMARK JAZZ RECORDING: SUPERB SONNY ROLLINS IN 'KILLER' FORM

Coming off of a legendary sabbatical where he practiced late at night on the Williamsburg Bridge, a superb, freshly-energized, imaginative Rollins with a piano-less quartet delivered a jazz landmark. Jim Hall on guitar is fabulous. "Without A Song" is great, as are the speed-burners "John S", and "The Bridge". Ballads "Where Are You?" and "God Bless The Child" are spellbindingly wonderful. ESSENTIAL JAZZ RECORDING Remastered !!

Biography

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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