Sonny Rollins – The Bridge (1962/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/176,4 kHz | Time – 40:39 minutes | 1,91 GB | Genre: Jazz
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The Bridge was the album that marked Sonny Rollins’ return to recording after a three-year self-imposed hiatus that began in 1959. Rollins spent most of those three years practicing alone up on the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City: “I would be up there 15 or 16 hours at a time spring, summer, fall and winter”. The Bridge, his first solo recording after returning to performance, took its name from those practicing sessions. Consistently impressive is the interplay between Rollins and Hall, and the record is considered a classic by jazz aficionados today.
Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins’ first recording after ending a surprising three-year retirement found the great saxophonist sounding very similar to how he had played in 1959, although he would soon start investigating freer forms. In a pianoless quartet with guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Ben Riley, Rollins explores four standards (including “Without a Song” and “God Bless the Child”) plus two fiery originals, highlighted by the title cut. The interplay between Rollins and Hall is consistently impressive, making this set a near-classic and a very successful comeback.
01 – Without a Song
02 – Where Are You
03 – John S.
04 – The Bridge
05 – God Bless the Child
06 – You Do Something to Me
“God Bless the Child” recorded on January 30, 1962;
“Where Are You?”, “John S.” and “You Do Something to Me” recorded on February 13;
“Without a Song” and “The Bridge” on February 14, 1962 in a New York City studio.
Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
Jim Hall – guitar
Bob Cranshaw – bass
Ben Riley – drums
Harry “H.T.” Saunders – drums (replaces Riley on “God Bless the Child”)