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Sonny Simmons: Jewels

Read "Jewels" reviewed by Robert R. Calder

Sonny Simmons arrived as a performer over forty years ago. He's not the last man to tell you he hasn't had his due, following bad times on the old “young man with a horn" stereotype. As with Mark Twain, “reports of his death were... exaggerated," but they did Simmons harm. The good news of his being ...

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Sonny Simmons: Jewels

Read "Jewels" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

Inspired by the works of Charlie Parker, Vincent Van Gogh, Sigurd Rasher, and Eric Dolphy, saxophonist Sonny Simmons recorded Jewels at a California home in 1991.



Simmons' best-known composition, “Music Matador,"? initiates the recording. It was originally featured on an Eric Dolphy recording, and in a recent AAJ interview Simmons affirms that it is ...

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Sonny Simmons: Jewels

Read "Jewels" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Solo saxophone recordings (and, for that matter, solo recordings in general) offer more than just a glimpse into the process of self-composing, of testing material and approaches to sound as well as getting into the nature of the instrument. Though it lacks the sparring that begets improvisation (for that reason, Derek Bailey prefers to call it ...

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Sonny Simmons: Jewels

Read "Jewels" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Note to self (that's you): find the long out-of-print CD Ancient Ritual (Qwest, 1992) by the Sonny Simmons trio. That disc marked his first great comeback, this disc his second. Well, sort of.

Not that Sonny Simmons went anywhere. It is just that gaps in his recording career wipe him from our collective radar. ...