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A loving portrait of a jazz legend

"Revelatory and engrossing" --The Boston Globe

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award&reg-winner Sonny Rollins has been called the greatest improviser in jazz. Celebrated filmmaker Robert Mugge (New Orleans Music in Exile, Gospel According to Al Green) captures the artist in performance and in repose, speaking candidly about his life, creative process, spirituality, and music. Filmed in New York City, Tokyo, and near his home in upstate New York, this acclaimed documentary features scenes from the Opus 40 Festival ("G-Man," "Don’t Stop the Carnival") and the world premiere of Rollins’s "Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra" with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. "A fascinating musician at his best. Superb" --St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE reflections by director Robert Mugge and Rollins discography.

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An extraordinary slice of reality to capture on film. -- The Wall Street Journal

Mugge has made a documentary for the ages -- DVD Corner

This tuneful documentary reinforces Rollins' place in the pantheon. -- Democrat & Chronicle

[Sonny Rollins] only needs to exist for the camera to find something compelling. Great work by director Robert Mugge. -- IGN Digigods blog

quite moving -- The Star Ledger

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  • Actors: Sonny Rollins
  • Directors: Robert Mugge
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HZ4K8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,833 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Groothuis on May 27, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This 101 minute performance and documentary is taken from material mostly from 1986 (although there is a short clip from Sonny's "Jazz Casuals" appearance in the early 1960s). It features two very different performances: Sonny's working quintet and a special performance with an orchestra in Japan, "Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra." I have not found the latter released on CD.
I know far more about John Coltrane than Sonny Rollins, but I was overwhelmed by Rollin's playing on this video, especially his work with his combo. His energy and creativity far transcended anything I have from him on record. But that's not surprising, since many reviewers claim he is best live and doesn't really like to spend time in the studio.
Sonny's physical presence is commanding. His body english is perfectly matched to every note--every ounce of his being is put into the playing. (This reminded me a bit of Joshua Redman, who I saw perform in Denver in April--another monster!) And what playing it is! The long solo--chorus after chorus--of "G-Man," which begins the video, is phenomenal. It brought chills to my spine and tears to my eyes.
The orchestral piece was interesting and rewarding, although somewhat more difficult to approach. I wish it were available on CD, but I have not been able to find it. I think it would reveal its depths upon repeated listenings.
The cinematic technique falters at times, particularly in the Japan part of the video. We see too much random shots of Japanese culture--including many images of blinking billboards!--and not enough of Sonny himself. Why not simply show him performing? He's the master.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on January 26, 2009
Format: DVD
"Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus," by the esteemed filmmaker Robert Mugge, has just been rereleased in a 25th Anniversary edition. The film gives us background on Rollins, live performance footage, a profile of the 20th century American jazz great, and interviews with his wife Lucille and several prominent jazz critics: Ira Gittlin, Gary Giddins, and Francis Davis. The film initially aired on Britain's BBC4, which commissioned it; and on the PBS, Bravo, and BET networks in this country.

Rollins speaks candidly about his life, creative process, spirituality and music in this film, named after one of his most acclaimed albums, Saxophone Colossus. The tenor saxophone master has won two Grammys, and a Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as being a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, the country's highest jazz honor. He's still going strong: he opened the 2008 Chicago Jazz Festival before a crowd of 13,000, and earned critical raves. The documentarian Mugge filmed in downtown New York City; and a rock quarry turned bar in Saugerties, upstate New York, where we see him doing a fifteen minute "G-Man," and "Don't Stop the Carnival," among other compositions. We also see an old black/white clip of his playing an early big hit, "The Bridge," ground-breaking jazz in its time. Finally, we get some very interesting footage of Japan, as Rollins' lovely "Concerto for Tenor and Orchestra" receives its World Premier; Rollins explains onscreen that he and the Japanese are mutually fond of each other; that this, in 1984, is his twelfth tour there.

I've been lucky enough to see Rollins in person once, outdoors on a balmy spring evening, at New York's South Street Seaport.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1999
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this is fabulous and filmed skillfully! I could have lived without the pontification from the jazz critics...but use that time to get some refreshments. Sonny is one of the GIANTS of the saxophone and this document as his playing/recording will stand the test of time!!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2002
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While this video starts with an amazing performance at a stone quarry in Saugerties, New York; there's just way too little music. In a video I don't need to hear critics drone on and on about what makes Sonny great. That ought to be self-evident from the musical content. There are also interviews with Sonny and his wife that could have been condensed and offered as a "special feature." The japanese orchestral performance was interesting but, really, I'd like to see the rest of the Saugerties concert. Overall, there's maybe thirty minutes of worthwhile footage.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tad Richards on August 30, 2010
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I produced the Opus 40 concert, and it still gives me chills to watch Bob Mugge's film and remember.
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