The Jazz Show Episode September 7, 2015

Broadcast on 07-Sep-2015

9:00pm - 11:59pm

Tenor Saxophone Master Sonny Rollins: "Newk's Time"

Today is is the 85th Birthday of Sonny Rollins, who was born in New York City on September 7,1930. Sonny of course is one of the major figures in the development of post-war Jazz music and without a doubt one of the most important saxophonists in Jazz history. His story is very evident in books and the internet and some wonderful interviews can be seen on iTunes that were conducted by Bret Primack and ALL of them are worth seeing. Tpnight's Jazz feature is one of Sonny's very best and it's called "Newk's Time" "Newk is one of Sonny's nicknames as he resembled the famous baseball player Don Newcomb. It was done on a day when Sonny didn't feel intimidated by the recording studio as he never liked recording in the studio. He picked some of his favourite musicians to do this informal date. They had to be the best as there were no plans and no rehearsals until the studio. Everything went down in first takes, save for some false starts. The players Sonny used were pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Doug Watkins and drum great Philly Joe Jones.The tunes were a few lesser played standards, one by Miles Davis and one by trumpeter and pal Kenny Dorham and one great blues by Sonny called "Blues for Philly Joe". Only 34 plus minutes but one great recording finished in about 1 and 1/2 hours! Happy Birthday Mr. Rollins.

Track Listing:

Tune Up
Sonny Rollins · Newk's Time
Asiatic Raes
Sonny Rollins · Newk's Time
The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
Sonny Rollins · Newk's Time
Namely You
Sonny Rollins · Newk's Time
Wonderful Wonderful
Sonny Rollins · Newk's Time
Blues For Philly Joe.
Sonny Rollins · Newk's Time
Blue Sands
Chico Hamilton · The First Quintet
The Sage
Chico Hamilton · The First Quintet
The Morning After
Chico Hamilton · The First Quintet
I Want To Be Happy
Chico Hamilton · The First Quintet
Walkin' Carson Blues.
Chico Hamilton · The First Quintet
Now's The Time
Sonny Rollins · Now's The Time!
St. Thomas
Sonny Rollins · Now's The Time!
'Round Midnight
Sonny Rollins · Now's The Time!
Afternoon In Paris
Sonny Rollins · Now's The Time!
Three Little Words.
Sonny Rollins · On Impulse
Sister Caroline
Nat Adderley · Branching Out
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Nat Adderley · Branching Out
Oleo.
Sonny Rollins · Live At The Village Gate
Four.
Sonny Rollins · Now's The Time.