Friday, October 29, 2010
Great Jazz Albums (IMO) #3
critic said: "Sonny Rollins will go down in history as not only the single most enduring tenor saxophonist of the bebop and hard bop era, but also the greatest contemporary jazz saxophonist of them all. His fluid and harmonically innovative ideas, effortless manner, and easily identifiable and accessible sound have influenced generations of performers, but have also fueled the notion that mainstream jazz music can be widely enjoyed, recognized, and proliferated." Sonny Rollins made so many amazing albums, probably the greatest being Saxophone Colossus, and even his recent albums are noteworthy. But I chose Way Out West, where he turns "I'm an Old Cowhand (from the Rio Grande)" into a jazz classic. And the cover is hilarious. [Related posts: Really Great Jazz Albums #1 and #2].