Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sonny Rollins - The Bridge

The 1962 release of The Bridge marked the end of Sonny Rollins's two year-plus hiatus from live performance and recording. An absolutely stunning comeback, the album clearly shows both the technical and spiritual benefits that can be gained from intense woodshedding. Sonny's tone, already legendary, is even more wonderfully full and mellow here. The whole band, especially the amazing Bob Cranshaw on bass, swings so breezily and blows so delicately, even on the up-tempo numbers, that "hard" bop almost seems a misnomer. The album's title refers to an actual bridge (the Willamsburg, which connects Manhattan and Brooklyn), where Sonny spent long hours practicing alone, and the record possesses a deep, meditative quality which conjures perfectly the image of the city rushing by while a solitary man sits immersed in his music. Guitarist Jim Hall in particular seems to instinctively pick up on Sonny's vibe. On Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child," Hall unfolds long, lush lines that are a model of taste and restraint, perfectly complementing every note of Sonny's sexy, bluesy solos. One of Sonny Rollins's finest albums, The Bridge gives the listener an overwhelming sense of rightness. Originally released in 1962, this was tenor-saxophonist Sonny Rollins' first recording after ending a surprising 3-year retirement. It found Rollins sounding very similar to how he had played in 1959, although he would soon start investigating freer form...

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Sonny Rollins
The Bridge

Tracks

1 Without a Song** (Eliscu, Rose, Youmans)  7:28
2 Where Are You ? (Adamson, McHugh)  5:10
3 John S. (Rollins)  7:45
4 The Bridge** (Rollins)  5:58
5 God Bless the Child* (Herzog, Holiday)  7:29
6 You Do Something to Me (Porter)  6:49

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Personnel
Sonny Rollins - ts
Jim Hall - g
Bob Cranshaw - b
Ben Riley* or Harry T. Saunders - dr

Recorded at RCA Victor's Studio B, New York City ; January 30* & February 13 & 14**, 1962. Originally released on RCA (2527)

13 comments:

es125 said...

This is a great album, man Mel, that picture of the session is great, have not seen that before, way to go.

Rod Aiken said...

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L.O.L. said...

Thanks Mel=)

luthier said...

Fantastic album. Thank you Mel for Sonny Rollins The Bridge.

deGallo said...

Great! Thank you Mel.

Blue Eyes said...

Superb post Mel, a must have! highly recommended!

sudzy said...

Thank you very much for this classic, powerhouse, primal recording.

Zape said...

Thank you Mel

Kovina Kris said...

Happy to upgrade this classic as well. Thank you Mel!

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AmyBRAINS said...


Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

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