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Jazz Record : Sonny Rollins – Tenor Madness

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Once I opened the door to the the jazz world and got more and more into it and started listening to all the great music that was out there it was inevitable that a sax lover like CB would come across Sonny Rollins.

Tenor Madness is just one of many albums that I have acquired by Sonny. And with a title like that how could I resist. The album opens with the title cut and doesn’t disappoint. Rollins is joined by John Coltrane and the two sax men do 12 minutes of tenor madness. No messin around. They get right to it. A blowfest, workout for two of the big boys.

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The second cut is a slow swinging tune with the band just laying down some cool music. Sonny’s horn just sounds so good to me. I hear one of his heroes in this one. Coleman Hawkins. Never get tired of it. The band all get a bit of their own moment just setting it up for Sonny to finish it off. Beautiful.

If you’re a sax guy like CB you’ll dig this record. Just some great jazz music played by some top notch musicians. This was the quintet that Miles Davis was using at the time. Red Garland, piano, Paul Chambers, bass and Philly Jo Jones on drums. They all have their moments. Love the way they work.

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Slap on some headphones, grab a beverage and imagine you’re in a small club, like it’s the only place in the world to be and you’re there listening to Sonny Rollins and the band play some great music. I love Sonny the man and Sonny the musician. You’re in good hands, believe me.  Tenor madness, tenor greatness, whatever, I love this stuff.

Could you imagine sitting in and playing with these guys. CB can dream can’t he. Dream on CB, dream on.

(A few years ago my daughter, Princess Falda took her dad to see Sonny. What a great night. I even got a t shirt with Sonny wearing a basket on his head. What a score)

(Music Enthusiast beat me to the punch with a take on Sonny’s Saxophone Colossus a while back. Check it out)

65 comments on “Jazz Record : Sonny Rollins – Tenor Madness

  1. Vinyl Connection
    March 14, 2021

    What a band! I’d be up for this one, CB. 🙂

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  2. hanspostcard
    March 14, 2021

    One of the few old greats left….

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  3. J.
    March 14, 2021

    Added to the list, CB. I only have Saxophone Colossus here, but I haven’t delved into yet!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 14, 2021

      It was funny when you mentioned JC. I had been sitting on this take for a while. Just the choice to put the two together and let them play. Brilliant.

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  4. deKE
    March 14, 2021

    Awesome you can expand your sonic stop CB!

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  5. 1537
    March 14, 2021

    What a guy, Rollins. Always super intense playing on his records.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 14, 2021

      “What a guy”. That’s what my oldman always said to me but not because I was playing the sax.. “Intense ” is the word nd then they throw in “Mr Intense Intense” in Coltrane.

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  6. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    March 14, 2021

    Now this is smashing good mate! Sonny Rollins! Whew! Blow these walls away! Great pick and I will put it on right now!
    All the best and a great Sunday to you CB,
    FBC.

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  7. hotfox63
    March 14, 2021

    “Tenor Madness” depends a lot on my mood. What starts as a duet between Rollins and Coltrane competes and corresponds then with each other without losing some virtuosity and expression.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 14, 2021

      A lot of the music I listen to “depends on my mood” but Rollins usually fits anytime for me. You’re right about the “duet”. Good comment.

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      • hotfox63
        March 15, 2021

        I like the musical quality of the album, but I’ve a feeling that Rollins and Coltrane having a laconic competition that was not intended.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 15, 2021

        It would have been more fiery after hours somewhere.

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      • hotfox63
        March 15, 2021

        Sure, CB. That’s why it’s called “Tenor Madness”. Generations of tenorists used the album as an occasion for unofficial world championships. Anyone who had self-conscious and thought he could claim the mastery of Rollins and Coltrane, worked his way through “Tenor Madness”.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 15, 2021

        Goes back to Sonny’s hero Hawkins dueling with Webster and Young. Love all that lore Fox.

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  8. christiansmusicmusings
    March 14, 2021

    This sounds great, CB. You’d think given I’m also a huge saxophone fan, I’d be all over jazz. Instead, I listen to Steely Dan, old Chicago or The Boss and marvel about great sax solos – it doesn’t make any friggin’ sense!

    Speaking about Springsteen and the Big Man, check this out. I just came across it again yesterday. The boss took his audience to rock & roll church. It’s worth every second of the 19 minutes and 17 seconds. You’re welcome! 🙂

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 14, 2021

      I started out much the same way Christian with the same kind of sax solos then I went for the whole enchilada with guys like Rollins.
      The link didnt come through. Try again please. Clarence did some of my favorite solos period. I was there as much for him in the early days. Great input C

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  9. Jim S.
    March 14, 2021

    Firstly, I did a post on Sonny Rollins? Thanks for the reminder. Secondly, I was just listening to a selection of jazz tunes (more on that later) which included Mr PC by Coltrane. But I just switched over to this. Totally in a jazz mood today.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 14, 2021

      I remember when you did that take because I love that record also. ‘Mr PC’ is a killer/intense, Dont do that to me. (first Coltrane album i got). Yeah Ive been doing the Sonny thing going on 24 hours.

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      • Jim S.
        March 14, 2021

        CB’s got a jazz marathon going, only stopping for biobreaks

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 14, 2021

        Music marathon Doc. Curious about your jazz take.

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      • Jim S.
        March 14, 2021

        Soon. You’re the marathon man. Is it safe?

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      • Jim S.
        March 18, 2021

        Be sure to check out Christian’s take on Beat Club, the German TV show. Chicago plays a killer “I’m a Man.”

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 18, 2021

        I did. I checked a couple and thought they were all lip synched. Thanks

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      • Jim S.
        March 18, 2021

        Yeah, it seemed that way. Not Chicago man. They fucking cooked.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 19, 2021

        Yes its very good. What the hell happened to the musical direction in that band?

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      • Jim S.
        March 19, 2021

        Times changed, they had to survive, sucky pop songs made money. No different than crappy movies. What happened to Deniro?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 19, 2021

        Absolutely. Good comparison but to be honest I wouldnt know any of that “pop” stuff. Hard to imagine. Hey you know me, good on them for making some $$$. Is it a lot of the same band members. I know another guy who just loves their early stuff especially the guitar work “Bobby come back”

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      • Jim S.
        March 19, 2021

        Their later reputation hasn’t tarnished my love of their early stuff one bit. It stands alone and it still sounds great. Same with Rod Stewart. He could do all the disco he wanted but the earlier Faces/Beck/solo stuff still sounds great.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 19, 2021

        Yup

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  10. Yeah, Another Blogger
    March 14, 2021

    Sonny with a basket on his head — that shirt is a classic.

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  11. christiansmusicmusings
    March 14, 2021

    I rarely comment on posts twice, CB. I’ve been spinning and enjoying this album. This hits it out of the ballpark and, BTW, also works very well as background music to go on a walk.

    Which is what I’m currently doing, catching some sun. They forecast clouds and high winds for my area for later today, so gotta take advantage of the weather while you can!

    I understand this album was originally recorded in 1956. This means it’s a cool 65 years old.

    I doubt anybody will listen to my music I’ve yet to write in 2086!😆

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 14, 2021

      I take Sonny for walks all the time. You are making want to put on the sneakers and get movin. Your mental and physical health will thank you. Some Dr Rollins therapy.
      Those last two comments are priceless.

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  12. the press music reviews
    March 15, 2021

    Great call. What an artist. One of my favourite jazz giants ever. Love his work with the Stones as well. Thanks for the reminder CBH.

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  13. greenpete58
    March 15, 2021

    I’ve got Saxophone Colossus, which I like, but not as much as Coltrane’s work. Can you recommend a Rollins album that might come close to A Love Supreme? I realize this would be a stretch, but I’m looking for something a little more experimental by Rollins (or “blacker” for lack of a better word). Maybe this album is it.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 15, 2021

      Good question. I know where you’re going with this. Saunders, Shepp etc. The only thing I can suggest is his ‘Impulse’ recordings (Same label as the guys mentioned). ‘East Broadway Rundown’ I think it will grab the side you’re looking for.
      Sonny is a funny guy. Talk about going his own way. For a lack of a better explanation, he was just Sonny Rollins. I totally hear what your saying. Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon are in a similar vein but all have their own thing. I hope that muddied it up a bit. I could have done this in a more concise way. “Impulse”

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  14. 1dancequeendq
    March 15, 2021

    Sax Girl loves Sonny.

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  15. EclecticMusicLover
    March 16, 2021

    Like you suggested CB, I planted my buds firmly into my ears, adult beverage at hand, and just let the blissful jazzy tones of Rollins and Coltrane wash over me.

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  16. keepsmealive
    March 17, 2021

    Ah yes. I have this one (and Sax Colossus). SO GOOD. Do continue…

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 17, 2021

      If I’m not careful my takes could become ‘CB’s Home Of Jazz’ but I like so much other music I’ll stay the way I am. I like when Books ventures into the land of “Jazz”

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  17. BuriedOnMars
    March 19, 2021

    Nice, I like it.

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  18. badfinger20 (Max)
    March 26, 2021

    It’s like closing your eyes and going on a journey. He is hitting a lot of notes but all have purpose…just listened through headphones…great.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 26, 2021

      No kidding. Great call Max. Guys like Sonny were given and gift and worked at it. I love the guys music. One cool guy.

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