What a rare treasure chest! For the fourth installment of the greatest living tenor saxophonist's look-back at cherished in-concert moments (this one spanning 1979-2012), 'Holding The Stage' by Sonny Rollins, 85, is highlight after highlight until it ends and then you just want to play it over and over again.
They say an artist creates until the bitter end, and the same may be true about legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins. It's been announced that Mr. Rollins will add another album to the canon, entitled Holding the Stage: Road Shows, Vol. 4 it will be released by Doxy Records on April 8.
Portland, Oregon saxophonist Rich Halley, for his 15th CD as a leader, spouts 'Eleven' originals with his 4. It's a rare mix of tenor, trombone, bass and drums eschewing tyypical piano glue in an effort to reach wide open spaces.
On the streets of New York City anything goes, even for the stranded musician who has been forced out of their apartment to practice. As is the case with Sonny Rollins, he found his musical right to rehearse on the Williamsburg Bridge.
In the movie "Whiplash," Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) tells a young Miles Teller a story about how Charlie Parker almost got decapitated by a crash cymbal when he messed up on stage. Perhaps Freddie Hubbard should've thrown a cymbal at a heckling white audience instead of the phrase "Jive Motherf***er."
Jazz music to jazz fans oft seems irreproachable, especially in the context of the most recent Sonny Rollins article by Django Gold in The New Yorker. The article, "Sonny Rollins: In His Own Words" wasn't side-splittingly funny, just a mild stab at the jazz heavyweight. And yet, fans of the Rollins man were inept at lightening up.
After some intense backlash and ensuing dispute over a recent article in the New Yorker, "Django Gold" spoke out, in his own words, about what he intended with his satirical post under the guise of Sonny Rollins (and Rollins was not amused).
A certain ex-BuzzFeed journalist, Amy Rose Spiegel, has been gaining heat for a certain "What's the Deal with Jazz?" post. And as BuzzFeed recently had a proverbial book-burning of old articles earlier this year, the site's already suspect editorial operation has become even more skewed.
At times, the only thing I find more physically demanding and emotionally exhausting than pursuing a career as a musician has been that of a writer about music. What isn't met with indiscernible apathy and neglect is usually, and very outwardly, criticized--damned to the dusty floor of the internet. Lowercase, indeed.
Well, Sonny Rollins couldn't get much cooler. The frizzy-haired tenor saxophonist will drop a line at Google for an interesting Google Hangout Session.