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It’s no state secret that Sonny Rollins has never been fond of the recording studio. Never mind that he’s recorded his full share of gems there—not only early, celebrated albums such as Saxophone Colossus and Way Out West, but also digital-era efforts such as Old Flames and This Is What I Do. The man often embraced as the greatest living improviser requires too much creative freedom to start playing, as he puts it, “when the red light comes on.” And his perfectionism makes it difficult, sometimes painfully so, to go through multiple takes in search of what he thinks is the least flawed one.

Rollins in Holland

Label: Resonance Records
Released: 2020

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

César Cardoso: Dice of Tenors

Read "Dice of Tenors" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Cresciuto nella sempre più vivace scena jazzistica portoghese, César Cardoso giunge al quarto disco da leader in dieci anni, il primo in cui guida un organico internazionale con gli statunitensi Miguel Zenon al sax contralto (già ospite nel precedente Interchange di quattro anni fa), il trombettista Jason Palmer, il vibrafonista Jeffery Davis, il trombonista italiano Massimo ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

My Conversation with Gary Peacock

Read "My Conversation with Gary Peacock" reviewed by AAJ Staff

This article was first published at All About Jazz in October 1999. Having been in the political arena, I know first hand the power of celebrity's undertow. It has a way of casually siphoning the integrity of a candidate. Fame and power in politics, I find, is quite similar in our music, and that ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Rollins

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Rollins

All About Jazz is celebrating Sonny Rollins' birthday today! It’s no state secret that Sonny Rollins has never been fond of the recording studio. Never mind that he’s recorded his full share of gems there—not only early, celebrated albums such as Saxophone Colossus and Way Out West, but also digital-era efforts such as Old Flames and ...

ARTICLE: MEET THE STAFF

Meet Marc Cohn

Read "Meet Marc Cohn" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Meet Marc A. Cohn Dr. Cohn is a New Yorker-in-exile and has been doing jazz radio as an avocation since 1967. He is Professor Emeritus in Seed Biology at Louisiana State University, where he has won numerous teaching awards. He is a widely recognized authority on seed dormancy, is Editor Emeritus of Seed Science Research (the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Resonance Records To Issue Set Of 1967 Sonny Rollins Discoveries, 'Rollins In Holland,' As Limited 3-LP Collection Nov. 27, 2-CD Set Dec. 4

Resonance Records To Issue Set Of 1967 Sonny Rollins Discoveries, 'Rollins In Holland,' As Limited 3-LP Collection Nov. 27, 2-CD Set Dec. 4

On Nov. 27, “Black Friday,” independent jazz label Resonance Records will continue its ongoing tradition of releasing previously unissued archival recordings as limited-edition Record Store Day exclusives with a stellar new three-LP collection of historic Sonny Rollins performances, Rollins in Holland: The 1967 Studio & Live Recordings. Featuring more than two hours of music, this stunning ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Hero Trio

Read "Hero Trio" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa previously espoused his love of Charlie Parker on his album Bird Calls (ACT, 2015). Here he expands on that to pay tribute to, not only Parker, but other influences such as Ornette Coleman, Johnny Cash, and Keith Jarrett. Mahanthappa leads a freewheeling trio, with Francois Moutin on bass and Rudy ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Your Brain on Frets and More

Read "Your Brain on Frets and More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Lots of guitar this week: John Scofield with Bill Frisell, Jim Hall, Pat Martino, Tiny Grimes, Kevin Eubanks with Dave Holland, Bill Jennings (an influence on B.B. King), and Paul Bollenback with Jim Snidero. We also have a couple of tracks from the currently unavailable Fred Hersch—Esperanza Spalding duo set live at the Village Vanguard (a ...

ARTICLE: MEET THE STAFF

Meet Joe Dimino

Read "Meet Joe Dimino" reviewed by AAJ Staff

About Joe Dimino I am a recovering sports journalist. I began Neon Jazz as a labor of love back in 2011. I have a Communications degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and I've always wanted to be in broadcasting. It took quite a bit of time but I found the greatest people in the world. ...


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