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It Don't Mean A Thing

Sonny Rollins Trio

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Swinging 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.

Rollins was born September 7, 1930 in New York City. One of the great tenors of all time...

As a teenager he played with fellow New Yorker teenagers Jackie McLean, Kenny Drew and Art Taylor.

As a 19 year old, he recorded with J. J. Johnson and Bud Powell making a name for himself and also contributing to the creation of what later became 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 saxophone solos.

in 1959, frustrated with his self-perceived limitations, he took a three year break from recording practicing on the Williamsburg Bridge.

It would take an book to cover all of Rollins' music so we'll leave it here. Just know it kept going - and keeps going - right to the present day.

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