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Sonny Rollins : the definitive musical guide

Author: Peter Niklas Wilson
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Berkeley Hills Books, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Asked to name the greatest living saxophone player, most musicians and jazz fans will agree: Sonny Rollins. Better than anyone he succeeded in moving from bebop through the free jazz and fusion periods while remaining true to himself. Just turned 70, his career now spans six decades, and shows no signs of letting up." "But, despite his acknowledged stature, Rollins has always been a puzzling figure, given to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Discographies
Discography
Discographie
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wilson, Peter Niklas.
Sonny Rollins.
Berkeley, Calif. : Berkeley Hills Books, ©2001
(OCoLC)639542298
Named Person: Sonny Rollins; Sonny Rollins; Sonny Rollins; Sonny Rollins; Sonny Rollins; Sonny Rollins; Sonny Rollins; Sonny Rollins
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Niklas Wilson
ISBN: 1893163067 9781893163065
OCLC Number: 46713084
Language Note: Translation of: Sonny Rollins : sein Leben, seine Musik, seine Schallplatten.
Notes: Translation of: Sonny Rollins : sein Leben, seine Musik, seine Schallplatten.
Description: viii, 244 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Personality --
Style.
Other Titles: Sonny Rollins.
Responsibility: Peter N. Wilson.

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"Asked to name the greatest living saxophone player, most musicians and jazz fans will agree: Sonny Rollins. Better than anyone he succeeded in moving from bebop through the free jazz and fusion periods while remaining true to himself. Just turned 70, his career now spans six decades, and shows no signs of letting up." "But, despite his acknowledged stature, Rollins has always been a puzzling figure, given to chronic self-doubt, sometimes withdrawing from the music scene for years. In this penetrating study, Peter Niklas Wilson looks at the life, personality, style, and recorded legacy of this "doubting giant" of jazz. Aspects of Rollins' approach to improvising and composing are expertly analyzed. A narrative discography gives helpful information on all of Rollins' recordings from 1949 through 2000. Wilson also explores the source of Rollins' restlessness, and describes his ongoing search for peace through Zen, Vedic philosophy, and other disciplines."--Jacket.

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