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Sonny Rollins: Ideas Are Important

Cornelius Myers speaks with the legendary saxophonist on site at the 2009 Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy

Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2011

During the 35th anniversary session of the Umbria Jazz Festival in the 13th Century city of Perugia in Italy, I was privileged interview an artist to whom I’ve been listening all my life. As you regard the landscape of jazz, you can’t miss the imposing figure of Sonny Rollins; he rises tall. The summit of this musical mountain may be a little snowcapped right now, but he is still the number one saxophone colossus.

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