August 21, 2007

PEACEFUL BUT ACTIVE, YOU DIG?:

Sonny Rollins: Before reaching 21, Sonny Rollins played with Thelonious Monk—a sign of the saxophone colossus he would become. For more than 50 years, the jazzman has enriched the world of music with his progressive improvisational style. This month, he turns 77 and performs at the 50th anniversaries of the Monterey Jazz Festival and his first concert at Carnegie Hall. Here, Rollins reflects on his plumber, good food, and inner consciousness. (September 2007, Vanity Fair)

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Probably "You dig?"

What is your greatest regret?

Not saying some things to departed associates.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Of course my late wife, Lucille.

Which talent would you most like to have?

The one that I have.

What is your current state of mind?

Peaceful but active.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Listening to my inner consciousness and summoning the strength and determination to act on it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 21, 2007 7:32 AM
Comments

It's not his 1st concert at Carnegie Hall...it will be a celebration of the 50th anniversary of his first appearance there. For many years, Rollins made an annual appearance at Carnegie Hall. For marketing purposes, he was often paired on the bill with another sax player, although they would play separate sets...sometimes the pairing was ridiculous (Gato Barbieri? Grover Washington, Jr.?), but sometimes sublime, as when he was matched with (and played with) Branford Marsalis. They were great together, but Branford said afterward: "Of course, he kicked my ass."

Posted by: Foos at August 21, 2007 12:40 PM
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