[Dixielandjazz] Sonny Rollins
hvickery at svs.com
Sat Oct 1 20:57:15 PDT 2005
I guess it's all a matter of how far into the development of jazz one wishes
to go. I've heard Rollins live 4-5 times since about 1972 or thereabouts,
the last time maybe 10 years ago. I never heard him give a bad performance.
I think that's because after my earliest infatuation with OKOM, which is
still very much a part of MKOM, I started getting interested in players
Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and even Sonny Rollins. I see a natural
progression from the early players to the swing era players, to the boppers,
and even to the hard boppers like Rollins.
You don't like it. I do. You say it's not jazz. I say it is. You say
he's playing scales. I say, "If you really want to hear a guy playing
scales, listen to Kenny G. He even does it while using circular breathing."
This discussion sounds like something from 1948.
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Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Sonny Rollins
I read all the way through Steve's post on Rolljns, no mean feat! The
interview was a lot more interesting than his playing during the first and
time I heard him.
I was in Baltimore. visiting a girl friend at the med school . She asked
what kind of music I liked, and I said "jazz." Should have been more
We went to a small club with tables pushed up against each other. Sonny
Rollins was the feature. Paid the fee, ordered the drinks, and listened to
with a four piece combo. At the conclusion of the number, his band mates
off the stage. Rollins then proceeded to play a sax solo for a least
minutes, running scales (or so it seemed) and honking his way along, mostly
with his back to the few patrons in the place.
I couldn't find any jazz in the performance, and the one man show was not
entertaining or even swinging. Don't know how long he kept that up, as my
and I left and looked for other forms of entertainment.
Nonetheless, some folks call it "jazz" Regards to
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