The Sound of Sonny
Popmatters.com has a nice article on and interview with saxophone legend Sonny Rollins:
The forward impulse is something Sonny Rollins knows well. As our greatest living jazzman and a link to the music's most storied era, Sonny, much to the chagrin of fossil collectors, has never stopped moving. Since his recorded debut in 1949, his restlessly rhythmic and joyously witty playing has placed him side by side with greats like Miles, Monk (who never had a more sympathetic partner), Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, the Modern Jazz Quartet -- the list goes on. But while his support appearances have frequently been brilliant, it's the music he's made as a leader that earned him his greatest praise. Saxophone Colossus, Way out West, Freedom Suite, The Bridge -- we could go on for a while.
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