[Dixielandjazz] Sonny Rollins

Mike C. mike at michaelcryer.com
Sat Oct 1 21:12:43 PDT 2005

It's a real common reoccuring discussion. I love Sonny Rollins, 
especially his stuff from the 50's (Tenor Madness w/Coltrane, Saxophone 
Colossus, Way Out West, Sonny Rollins plus 4(Max Roach, Clifford Brown, 
Richie Powell, George Morrow)). My take on it is that jazz music is too 
beautiful to write off one genre or another of it.

When did we ever become so hip, that we can write off other styles or 
musicians because they don't sound the way we think they should? 
Saddening isn't it?


Hal Vickery wrote:
> 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.
> Hal Vickery

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