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Sonny Rollins Vinyl
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Sonny Rollins is a saxophone colossus. The revered tenor saxophonist first received that appellation via the name of his 1956 Prestige Records album. Even then, at age 26, the title seemed fitting. He had already played and/or recorded with bebop giants Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and J.J. Johnson—and had established himself as the prominent young voice on ... Read more in Amazon's Sonny Rollins Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Impulse
  • ASIN: B00004WN7I
  • Other Editions: Hardcover  |  Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,506,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brief But Beautiful 18 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
When Rollins arrived in the UK in autumn 1965 to commence work on "composing" the score for director Lewis Gilbert's adaptation of Bill Naughton's play "Alfie" everyone knew that something - almost anything - might happen.

Rollins had long been regarded as one of jazz music's most capricious characters - his band personnels might change from night to night - but following his post-"Bridge" comeback this quirkiness sometimes bordered on the genuinely bizarre.

His previous UK visit to Ronnie Scott's club in January of the same year was full of tales of Rollins odd behaviour: dressing room impersonations: opening numbers begun in a taxi outside the club: rows of tambournines adorning his waistband: wandering off into Gerrard Street during his sets, still playing: Stetson hats: raincoats on stage: periods of swishing the horn to and fro without blowing into it. Most importantly Rollins proved hands down to anyone who thought he might not have anything new to say that he did, and how.

Sometimes it emerged in great unending set long cadenzas leaving his accompanists trailing like a royal entourage outpaced by an eager monarch. At other times, it spluttered and appeared sporadically as if from an airlocked tap. What it was however was uniformly fascinating. Lewis Gilbert's son was a huge Rollins fan and caught him at Ronnie's and persuaded his father that this immense creative mind could come up with a film score fitting with this modern tale about the emotional growth of a cynical lothario.

Right from the off things were fraught with panic due to Rollins apparent disregard for the deadlines of the job.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's it all about? 15 Dec 2001
By Kelvin
Format:Audio CD
It only clocks in at 33 minutes, but it is 33 minutes of Jazz perfection 60s style.
Sonny's writing and playing are superb. From the swinging title track (nothing to do with Cilla or Mr Bacharach) through melancholic moods and laid back grooves, the music never slacks.
Aided by the mellow guitar of the wonderful Kenny Burrell and some exquisite piano from Roger Kellaway; Sonny Rollins crafted an album that stands on it's own, away from the great film that inspired it.
What's it all about? About half an hour - of magic. Buy it. Know what I mean?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool 60's Jazz 6 Aug 2014
Format:Audio CD
Great Film I always enjoyed the music and when I saw this CD I thought I would give it a try .
Great music to have on in the background or simply just to sit back close your eyes and enjoy a great musician and very talented composer.
Bought a few more of his album since though this remains a favourite.
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