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Sonny Simmons: Judgment Day

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Simmons arrived in the early ’60s, playing avant garde alto saxophone. He reappeared 30 years later on Ancient Ritual (Warner Bros.). On Judgment Day, he plays tenor exclusively and is joined by Michael Marcus on manzello, C-melody saxophone, and bass clarinet, Steve Neil on bass, and Charles Moffett on drums.

Simmons emerges as a man on a mission. In his liner comments, he says, “The world will be judged by the Sound of Holy Music, which we here represent.” He continues: “It has been said…I can’t play the tenor saxophone. So I am settling the score…”

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