Throughout his life as a tenor saxophonist, Theodore Walter 'Sonny' Rollins has been committed to the fundamental truths of jazz, especially swing, while managing also to be consistently experimental and forward looking, and his recorded oeuvre includes at least a dozen albums essential to any serious collection.
Yet Rollins is an enigmatic figure. The idealist who wrote the renowned and controversial Freedom Suite and who memorably declared jazz means no barriers has also been prey to periods of diffidence, at times withdrawing from the music scene altogether. This new appraisal charts in full the somewhat fitful career of an artist who at his best remains one of jazz's most noble improvisers.
Transcriptions of three of Rollins' solos are included.
'A well-researched analysis written in a persuasive and yet conversational style... A comprehensive, scholarly and thoroughly absorbing exploration of Rollins's life and music, cogently argued throughout. - Jazz Journal International; 'Pinpoints the general nature and particular details of Rollins's earlier triumphs and identifies the variable qualities of his later work... a stimulating read. - Jazzwise; 'An indispensable appraisal of the work of the saxophone master.' - Jazz UK
1. Newk's Time: 1949-59..2. What's New? 1961-67..3. Horn Culture: The 1970s and Beyond..4. Conclusions: Rollins as Saxophone Colossus..Three Rollins' Solos: St Thomas, I Know That You Know, Three Little Words (Transcriptions and commentary by Ken Rattenbury)..Discography
Series: Bayou Jazz Lives Series
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 24th February 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.2
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised