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It Don't Mean A Thing

Sonny Rollins

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Swingin' with Sonny


Sonny Rollins gives a pyrotechnic bop treatment to the classic swing tune "It don't mean a thing".

Recorded live in Sweden, 1959.


Sonny Rollins, tenor sax
Henry Grimes, bass
Joe Harris, drums

Theodore "Sonny" Rollins was born September 7, 1930 in New York City.

One of the great tenors of all time he started out as a pianist before switching to the saxophone in his mid-teens and playing with fellow New Yorkers Jackie McLean, Kenny Drew and Art Taylor.

As a nineteen year old, he recorded with J. J. Johnson and Bud Powell making a name for himself and contributing to the creation of what came to be know as hard bop.

He played in the Miles Davis band in the '50s and then became part of the all-to-short lived Max Roach-Cliford Brown Quintet.

In 1957, he pioneered the trio format (bass and drums without piano) as accompaniment for his sax solos.

Frustrated with his self-perceived limitations, in 1959 he took a three year break from recording practicing on the Williamsburg Bridge returning to jazz with the 1962 comeback album "The Bridge".

Rollins toured Europe including a residency at Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London before once again taking a break in the late '60s to study meditation and Eastern philosophies.

He returned to the music scene in 1972 with a heavy R&B & funk influence featuring electric instruments in his band.

Sonny Rollins has since had many triumphs and was recently the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Juilliard School in May 2013.

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