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Sonny Rollins - Without A Song - The 9/11 Concert

I'm sitting here listening to the latest release by the immortal Sonny Rollins - Without A Song - The 9/11 Concert

and while it may or may not end up being one his best live recordings, it is still head and shoulders above, and I do mean way, way above, anything put out by almost any young loin de jour.

Forget about giving this recording ratings for sound quality or anything of the sort - this the one of true giants captured in top form and therefore demands to be heard. You will not be disappointed.

The thing about Rollins is that he never just rests on his laurels, he practices everyday as if he was a beginner and not the world's greatest living tenor saxophonist. So when he lets loose on an extented solo all things are possible and the wonders never cease. Plus his backing band is not to shaby.

If you haven't already guessed, highly recommended.

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Forget about giving this recording ratings for sound quality or anything of the sort - this the one of true giants captured in top form and therefore demands to be heard. You will not be disappointed.

Well different strokes for different folks, but I'm extremly disapointed. Maybe I just don't get it, or maybe I just can't get past the lousy sonics, but it's not a "Way Out West" or even close in my humble opinion. I'm off to get the new "The Essential Sonny Rolins: The RCA Years" in hopes of a more gratifying experience.

RG

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Re: Sonny Rollins - Without A Song - The 9/11 Concert

To be fair RG, I was listening to the Rollins CD while at work and my audio system here at work is, shall we say, less than state of the art. I will be giving the Rollins CD another listen on my home reference system but still I doubt that I'll be unable to not get pass the lousy sonics and get it!

However, I will keep you posted.

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Update for RG:

I gave the Rollins another spin on the "big" at home and yes the sonic are substandard and yes, the trombone player gets way too much solo time but Rollins is still Rollins.

My solution - play the new Rollins CD in the car, at the office or on your iPod!! And play the classic "Way Out West" on the reference rig. Thank God there's plenty of Sonny Rollins to go around.

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