- Audio CD (January 23, 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Imports
- ASIN: B000IMV4FA
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Sonny Please Import
Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins releases Sonny, Please -his first studio recording in five years - on Emarcy / Doxy Records, his own label. The album was released digitally on November 21, with the traditional CD release date set for January 23, 2007. The new CD captures his working band "at a good pitch," as he puts it. "Anytime you do a string of performances, it tightens up the ensemble, and the band was playing well-very high-powered." The album is a mix of Rollins originals and indelible standards, including the assertive title track which takes its name from "something my wife [Lucille] always used to say: `Sonny, Please!'" "Sonny is really playing on this record," concurs Clifton Anderson, Rollins's longtime trombonist who also served as the new CD's producer. "Each track has its own beautiful distinction, yet there's a clear continuity throughout the recording." In addition to Anderson, the group is comprised of bassist Bob Cranshaw, an esteemed Rollins collaborator since 1959; guitarist Bobby Broom and drummer Steve Jordan, both of whom had worked with Sonny on prior occasions in the 1980s; and the percussionist Kimati Dinizulu, who joined the band six years ago. Rollins won the Grammy in 2001 for This Is What I Do and again in 2005 for "Why Was I Born?" (from Without A Song -The 9/11 Concert), in the Best Jazz Instrumental Solo category. In addition, Sonny received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2004 and was inducted into the Academy of Achievement in 2006.
Now in his mid-70s, Sonny Rollins plays with undiminished passion on this, his first new studio recordings in five years. Sonny, Please also marks a turning point in Rollins's life: his wife died in 2004, and he soon thereafter departed Milestone Records to set up his own Doxy imprint, ending one of the longest artist-label relationships in jazz. Playing selections that date back to his youth (such as Noël Coward's "Someday I'll Find You," on which he rolls out melodic lines as if from a beautiful and endless spool) as well as his own originals, the set flows with the compelling vigor of a giant who carries himself with the utmost humility. A powerful soloist, Rollins has seen the years bring even more depth to his musical explorations. As part of a supple sextet, his lines dance around the trombone of Clifton Anderson (who also produced the set) with grace and invention. --David Greenberger
Top Customer Reviews
Bassist Bob Cranshaw's association with Mr Rollins goes back to the era of "Our Man In Jazz" on RCA Victor. Bobby Broom's highly inventive guitar is added instead of the usual piano, allowing the group to levitate over floating vamps like on "Sonny, Please". Rollins longtime stablemate and producer of this CD, Clifton Anderson's trombone is spare and exciting in solo and support, blowing hot liquid notes. Rounding out the group are the tasteful drummer Steve Jordan and the colorful percussionist Kimati Dinizulu.
The Pieces De Resistance, the best of the best, begin with the title song, "Sonny, Please", based on a favorite phrase of Sonny's late wife, Lucille, and it is a burning experience. Riding on a three-note pedal point, Mr Rollins uncorks one of his best thematic solos on record.Read more ›
Now, in his 70's--the jazz patron has done something great here. He has finally molded a style that is tropic, classic, and electric. The sound of the music here is new, as it combines elements of all three styles.
Sonny has a passion in his blowing that reminds jazz patrons of his Saxophone Colossus years. He has a passionate take on Sonny Please that will blow you socks off (I wonder why they didn't let the whole take go? It fades at around 8 minutes of his solo----so what? He can go for 20...it's SONNY).
Of the work with guitarists (after the Jim Hall sessions) and with electric bass, this is my personal favorite. I'm happy to say those who like classic jazz, island jazz, African world music, Latin jazz, or 70-80 traditional jazz will all love this album.
4 stars---5 if next time, you let Sonny blow until he chokes--as every note he plays adds to the meaning of the message.
The album is full of variety and every single tune is enjoyable -- never boring. I wish I could say the same about another saxophone star from the 60s, Wayne Shorter, but I have found recent albums from him(Footprints Live, Alegria, and Beyond the Sound Barrier) less enjoyable. Shorter's quartet consists of outstanding musicians who are all capable of inventive improvisation, but many of their tunes lack structure and energy and blur into each other. They are good albums, but require careful listening and are not as much fun as Sonny's recent albums. If you're looking for another contemporary saxophone CD, I would check out Back East by Joshua Redman (which actually pays tribute to Sonny's classic Way Out West album).
I actually saw Sonny play some of this album at the 50th Anniversary Concert at Carnegie Hall on 9/19/2007. It was exciting for me since I had never seen him in concert before. Needless to say, he was amazing.
One final note: Sonny recorded "Someday I'll Find You" with a trio on his Freedom Suite album in 1958. If you like the performance here, check out the older album for comparison. Obviously, the two performances are quite different given the completely different instrumentation. The more recent version is twice as long.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Listen to this album if you don't object that the majority of jazz these days is still strongly based in bop, if you don't object to the occasional latin influences, or if you are... Read morePublished on October 30, 2008 by Yrusac Sim?
Read a great review of this CD, so purchased without having heard it. I did not enjoy it as I had expected.Published on August 13, 2007 by A. Omer
Sonny Please~ Sonny Rollins is a good jazz album with the "immortal" saxophone player Sonny Rollins. Read morePublished on June 7, 2007 by Bjorn Viberg
i haven't finished listening to this cd, it's playing as i type now. much that i've heard lacking in a lot of recordings from the late 70s when mr rollins seemed to be exploring a... Read morePublished on April 10, 2007 by Case Quarter
an outstanding CD that you'll love playing over and over. amazing how Sonny keeps reinventing himself.Published on March 22, 2007 by J. S. Share
THE SAXAPHONE OF SONNY ROLLINS IS THE BEST THAT IS ON THE USA SIDE OF THE PLANET.Published on March 13, 2007 by Clarence J. Kearse
Now in his late 70s, tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins is still - on the evidence of this seven-track CD, recorded just over a year ago - as commanding a player as ever. Read morePublished on March 11, 2007 by gizgoogmai