Saturday, February 24, 2007
Today's videos feature the man sometimes referred to as "the heavyweight champion of the tenor saxophone," Theodore Walter "Sonny" Rollins. Webster University's Monday night concert series just did a tribute to the famous Rollins-Jim Hall collaboration on The Bridge, which has inspired our designation of today as a Sonny day. But rather that revisit that material - some of which is online as excerpts from an old TV special - we present two more recent clips featuring this master improvisor.
The first is about 14 minutes of of the so-called "rock quarry" footage from the film Saxophone Colossus, which was shown as part of the recent program at Webster. The second clip is from a 1982 performance in Montreal, with a backing band that features longtime Rollins collaborator Bob Crenshaw on bass and special guest Jack DeJohnnette on drums.
Finally, below you'll find a promotional video for Rollins' latest recording, Sonny, Please. In addition to starting his own label, Rollins is also podcasting and posting a series of videos on his Web site, featuring, as this clip does, a combination of interviews, performance footage and more. It's good to see a veteran musician of Rollins' stature embracing new ideas and technology to try to reach more listeners, and it'll be interesting to see if others follow suit.
Posted by Dean Minderman at 1:31 AM