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The Bridge Original recording reissued

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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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  • Audio CD (21 May 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B000003G3R
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 715,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Without A Song
2. Where Are You
3. John S.
4. The Bridge
5. God Bless The Child
6. You Do Something To Me

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 26 May 2009
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OK, so I'm looking to widen my jazz collection and as I don't have any Sonny Rollins, read some 'pro' reviews and this was supposed to a high point. Well, I obviously don't really get this guy! He seems to musically meander about looking for a place to go. The playing is accomplished, no question, but it's not a style I can get in too, or find draws me into the performance - won't be getting too many plays (if any).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
One of greatest Rollins' releases 25 Oct. 2000
By Mikhail Sinyagin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion "The Bridge" is one of the two Rollins' greatest recordings ever, another one is of course "Saxophone Collossus". It opened to us, young jazz musicians of those days, a new dimensions in jazz. What struck me most was a unique transparency of rythmic background which rythm section was providing. It was done by very laconic but impressive chord play of Jim Hall, accurate swing of Ben Riley. Rollins' solos were very profound, full of feelings. This marks them noticeably from what he plays nowdays. Jim Hall was very young and full of energy and apart from elegant chord support also produced a number of beautiful solos of his own. I would recommend everybody who likes Rollins and Hall to buy this recording.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not to be overlooked 28 Dec. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Though not as stellar as his 50's recordings for Prestige and Blue Note, this album nevertheless offers rewards for the listener. Rollins is clearly the star here, showing no ill effects of his two year self-retirement. He has a perfect foil in guitarist Jim Hall, who surprisingly complements Rollins very well throughout the album. "John S.," "God Bless the Child," and the title track are the highlights.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Scintillating 24 Dec. 2001
By Kenneth James Michael MacLean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is one of Sonny Rollin's finest recordings. Sonny's playing here is some of the finest sax ever recorded. This is Sonny at the height of his powers, and he swings madly, but always under control. His ballad playing here is also superb. In my opinion, this is the greatest pure sax player that ever lived, and he shows it here on the title cut, "The Bridge." His playing is simply astonishing -- I have listened to this piece over and over and I can't believe he can swing so hard and be so creative and melodic at the same time. That is the mark of genius -- knowing where you are headed all of the time, but not afraid to push the envelope. I think that this recording is a cut above the "tenor madness" stuff -- it is more creative and powerful, in my opinion. Sonny's solos here are amazing. Jim Hall is in fine form as well, setting the background chords for Sonny to play over. Hall is smooth and creative, and the other players shine as well.
This is one of the very finest saxophone dates on record, combining swing and ballad tunes.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sonny strikes again 22 April 2002
By Andy Williamson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I recently got this cd and I love it. All the tracks are very good and engaging. The treat of the whole experience is hearing Jim Hall on guitar right along side Rollins. What a great matchup! The title track was featured prominently in the Ken Burns film 'Jazz'. As far as Sonny's catalogue goes-this is one of the must haves.
"Bridge" an essential album of a jazz icon 16 May 2006
By Greg A. Locascio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
I first discovered this album a couple weeks ago and cannot get it out of my head. The liner notes indicate "The Bridge" was recorded after Rollins took a self-imposed three year break from music. He used his time well.

The streets of New York City seem to ring out in the overtones. Jim Hall provides a subtle, though haunting guitar accompaniment. This music conjures a sweaty night on a brownstone stoop, neighborhood boys playing a game of pick-up on a halogen-lit court, concrete and brick all around, steam from a sewer pipe, and a lonely saxophone heard over the din of traffic and life.

According to George Avakian's liner notes, the inspiration for the album's title supposedly comes from a story by Ralph Berton in the July 1961 issue of "Metronome" about a jazz fan who hears the sound of a saxophone on the Brooklyn Bridge. During his hiatus, Rollins didn't live far from it. The rhythms of the street, the rolling Hudson River, come through in the music.

The album I have is a 1968 RCA re-issue (APL1-0859) and has an image of a blue-lit Rollins playing super-imposed over a blue-lit image of the Brooklyn Bridge. The back cover has a black and white photo of Rollins, sidelit, his face barely shown, but lines and keys of his saxophone in vivid detail. This album looks nearly as good as it sounds.
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