All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

330

Sonny Rollins: Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert

Florence Wetzel By
Published:
Sign in to view read count
Sonny Rollins: Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert On the morning of September 11, 2001, Sonny Rollins was in his home, located six blocks from the World Trade Center. His evacuation the next day happened to be filmed by CNN. Despite the travel restrictions, Rollins and his band managed to make their September 15 gig at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston. Rollins was still shook up and unsure whether or not he should perform, but his stalwart wife Lucille convinced him to go on.

The result is this beautiful recording, five long songs full of energy and hope. "Without a Song" starts things off warm and lively, with seamless support by Rollins' band: Clifton Anderson (trombone), Stephen Scott (piano), Bob Cranshaw (electric bass), Perry Wilson (drums) and Kimati Dinizulu (percussion). Next is Rollins' classic tune "Global Warming," fifteen sublime minutes of engaging calypso. "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" is more subdued, a lovely meditation with a warm, reflective Rollins and a delicate piano solo by Scott. "Why Was I Born?" starts off with a Rollins solo and then leaps into full swing. The recording wraps up with the Rodgers/Hart piece "Where or When," a nice mid-tempo number with a playful lilt.

A professional musician performs no matter how he or she may feel. One of the most poignant moments on the recording is when Rollins tells the audience, "We must remember that music is one of the beautiful things in life, so we have to try to keep the music alive in some kind of way. Maybe music can help; I don't know, but we have to try something these days."


Track Listing: Without A Song; Global Warming; Introductions; A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square; Why Was I Born?; Where Or When.

Personnel: Sonny Rollins: tenor saxophone; Stephen Scott: piano, kalimba; Bob Cranshaw: electric bass; Perry Wilson: drums; Kimati Dinizulu: percussion.

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Milestone | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop For Jazz

CD/LP/Track Review
My Blue Note Obsession
CD/LP/Track Review
Extended Analysis
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Holding The Stage: Road Shows, Vol. 4
Holding The Stage:...
Doxy Records
2016
buy
Road Shows, Vol. 3
Road Shows, Vol. 3
Doxy Records
2014
buy
[no cover]
Freedom Suite
Milestone Records
2012
buy
[no cover]
The Very Best Of...
Milestone Records
2012
buy
Road Shows, Vol. 2
Road Shows, Vol. 2
Doxy Records
2011
buy
[no cover]
Road Shows, Vol.2
Milestone Records
2011
buy
Miles Davis Miles Davis
trumpet
John Coltrane John Coltrane
saxophone
Charlie Parker Charlie Parker
sax, alto
Wayne Shorter Wayne Shorter
saxophone
Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt
saxophone
Dexter Gordon Dexter Gordon
sax, tenor

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.