Sonny Rollins talks to journalist Ben Sidran about playing with Thelonious Monk, Sonny’s withdrawal from the scene in the 1950s, and gaining enough confidence to step into the spotlight.
A great place to be tonight!
Sonny Rollins’ comeback after a 3-year period of unexpected retirement. This is one of those records we need to listen at least once in a lifetime (I don’t think that’s possible after the first time). A Sonny Rollins record, The Bridge features Jim Hall on the guitar, and he plays behind the horn so beautifully. Simply amazing!
Sonny Rollins — tenor saxophone Jim Hall — guitar Bob Cranshaw — bass Ben Riley — drums
Four months after the recording of Out To Lunch, Eric Dolphy passed away. All compositions are by himself – the record is now fifty years old – and it is one of the high points in the 1960s avant garde jazz. It is also a Blue Note record – one of the most challenging in the catalog. Dolphy reaches his creative peak – a brilliant album which needs a very open-minded listening. I really feel into it – on this cold but clear Saturday morning!
Track Listing: Hat And Beard; Something Sweet, Something Tender; Gazzelloni; Out To Lunch; Straight Up And Down.
Personnel: Eric Dolphy: alto sax, flute, bass clarinet; Freddie Hubbard: trumpet; Bobby Hutcherson: vibes; Richard Davis: bass; Tony Williams: drums.
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