INCLUDES THE FULL ALBUM + 4 BONUS TRACKS
"The Bridge" was the first album Sonny Rollins recorded after he returned to the jazz scene in late 1961, following a two-year layoff to practice and reflect during a time of great stylistic upheaval in the music. If the sabbatical added to his instrumental command and his musical understanding, the triumphal return confirmed that this was the same authoritative player of the classic "Saxophone Colossus," "Way Out West" and "Village Vanguard" albums.
Fronting his new quartet, Sonny Rollins & Co, which included guitarist Jim Hall a surprising but brilliantly successful choice bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Ben Riley, Rollins, in stirring form, played with a high-minded seriousness even deeper than before. He is particularly compelling on God Bless the Child and Without a Song, but the key factor in a striking, emotionally gripping album his interaction with Hall. Whether as a rhythm partner or as a soloist, Hall epitomizes intuition and sensitivity, bringing another reflective dimension to the music. And the magic endured when they recorded the performances on the under-rated "What's New?" a few months later, with magisterial playing on If Ever I Would Leave You and The Night Has a Thousand Eyes.