Thursday, December 13, 2007

Weaver of Dreams: Sonny Rollins (1959)

This is 29-year-old Sonny Rollins with just bass and drums playing "Weaver of Dreams" in the Netherlands in the Singer Theatre in the small town of Laren in 1959.

SonnyRollins (born September 7, 1930 in New York City) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist. Sonny Rollins has had a long, productive career in jazz, beginning his career at the age of 11 and playing with piano legend Thelonious Monk before reaching the age of 20. Rollins has outlived several of his jazz contemporaries such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Art Blakey, all performers with whom he has recorded.

In 1957 he pioneered the use of just bass and drums as accompaniment for his saxophone solos, a texture that came to be known as "strolling"; Throughout his career, Rollins used the technique, even backing bass and drum solos with sax licks (and bass for the drummer or drums for the bass player).


Anonymous said...

The bassist is Henry Grimes and the drummer is Pete LaRoca, and there was a television broadcast at the time.

Margaret Davis Grimes said...

This is for the previous comment identifying the bassist and drummer.