Enjoy Jazz: Mannheim, Germany, October 2-November 18, 2011, Week 5-7
Sonny Rollins' solos took one to the Harlem clubs and onto the bridge where he used to rehearse, and made one think of Miles Davis' words, recorded in his autobiography: "Sonny Rollins was a legend, almost a god to a lot of the younger musicians. Some thought he was playing the saxophone on the level of Bird. I know one thinghe was close. He was an aggressive, innovative player who always had fresh musical ideas. I loved him back then as a player and he could also write his ass off..."
Perfectly sustained by his crew, The Titan revisited some of his favorite themeslike "My One and Only Love"with a softer note, and added to their beauty by using a quieter, more reflexive pace; elaborated masterfully on more actual standards and closed the concert by singing: "Falling in love again, never wanted to, what am I to do? Can't help it." Master, we can't help but thank you for sharing with us a few precious moments of your wondrous existence!
All Photos: Richard Wayne