Sunday, September 17, 2006
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Album:Rollins 'Round Midnight
Sonny Rollins is one of the all time greats of the tenor sax and he's still around today at age 76. This 1963 version of Lover Man is reasonably representative of his best music. Rollins became popular in the 50s but left the music business in 1959. He returned in 1961 and made some of his best recordings at that time for RCA. Rollins 'Round Midnight is a budget comp of those RCA recordings but it's actually from the 1963 album Sonny Meets Hawk! where Rollins gets to record with his tenor sax idol Coleman Hawkins. Paul Bley is on piano, Bob Cranshaw is on bass and Roy McCurdy is on drums. All of Rollins' RCA recordings are available on the 6CD box set The Complete RCA Victor Recordings. That's what I have. Rollins is still recording today and released Without A Song:The 9/11 Concert in 2005 on Milestone. Rollins and wife Lucille live blocks from the World Trade Center and he recorded this date four days after the 9/11 tragedy.