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Sonny Rollins 1956; illustrated profile of the artist in 1956, age 26 upon the debut of his historic album “Saxophone Colossus”.
Rollins is an American jazz tenor saxophonist who is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians.
During his high school years, he was mentored by the pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, often rehearsing at Monk’s apartment.
After graduating from high school in 1948 in East Harlem, Rollins began performing professionally.
In early 1950, Rollins was arrested for armed robbery and spent ten months in Rikers Island jail before being released on parole; in 1952, he was re-arrested for violating the terms of his parole by using heroin. Between 1951 and 1953, he recorded with Miles Davis, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Charlie Parker, and Thelonious Monk.
A breakthrough arrived in 1954 when he recorded his famous compositions “Oleo”, “Airegin”, and “Doxy” with a quintet led by Davis that also featured pianist Horace Silver
In 1955, Rollins entered the Federal Medical Center, Lexington, at the time the only assistance in the U.S. for drug addicts.
While there, he volunteered for then-experimental methadone therapy and was able to break his heroin habit, after which he lived for a time in Chicago, briefly rooming with the trumpeter Booker Little.
Rollins initially feared sobriety would impair his musicianship, but then went on to greater success.
His widely acclaimed album Saxophone Colossus was recorded on June 22, 1956, at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in New Jersey, with Tommy Flanagan on piano, former Jazz Messengers bassist Doug Watkins, and his favorite drummer, Roach.
This was Rollins’s sixth recording as a leader and it included his best-known composition “St. Thomas”, a Caribbean calypso based on “Hold Him Joe” a tune sung to him by his mother in his childhood, as well as the fast bebop number “Strode Rode”, and “Moritat” (the Kurt Weill composition also known as “Mack the Knife”).
In 1957, Rollins pioneered the use of bass and drums, without piano, as accompaniment for his saxophone solos, a texture that came to be known as “strolling”.
Rollins has not performed in public since 2012, and retired in 2014, due to recurring respiratory issues.
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