The Bridge (Sonny Rollins album)
|Studio album by Sonny Rollins|
|Recorded||January 30, February 13 & 14, 1962|
|Genre||Jazz, hard bop|
|Producer||George Akavian, Bob Prince; John Snyder (Reissue)|
|Sonny Rollins chronology|
The Bridge, 1962, was the first release of jazz giant Sonny Rollins following his unexpected early retirement in 1959 and his first recording for Bluebird/RCA Victor. The saxophonist was joined by the musicians with whom he would record for the next segment of his career: Jim Hall on guitar, Bob Cranshaw on bass and Ben Riley on drums.
In 1959, feeling pressured by the unexpected swiftness of his rise to fame, Rollins took a three-year hiatus to focus on perfecting his craft. A resident of the Lower East Side of Manhattan with no private space to practice, he took his saxophone up to the Williamsburg Bridge to practice alone: “I would be up there 15 or 16 hours at a time spring, summer, fall and winter”. His first recording after his return to performance took its name from those solo sessions. Critical reception to the album, which was not the revolutionary new jazz approach many expected, was mixed. Rollins, who had been considered groundbreaking in his thematic improvisations, was supplanted in critical buzz by the growing popularity of Ornette Coleman's free jazz. However, if not a tremendous departure from Rollins' earlier style, the album was nevertheless quite successful. Tagged by AllMusic as “a near-classic”, the recording was declared by Inkblot Magazine to be “one of the greatest albums from one of jazz's greatest musicians”. It is one of the albums for which the long-active and prolific Rollins receives his greatest praise.
The album was re-released in 1976 in Japan and 1977 in the U.S., and since the 1992 relaunch on CD by Bluebird/RCA/BMG it has been issued many times in various formats, e.g. as audiophile LP with 45 rpm (Classic Records, 2000). It is also part of the The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (1997).
- "Without a Song" (Edward Eliscu, Billy Rose, Vincent Youmans) – 7:28
- "Where Are You?" (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh) – 5:10
- "John S." (Sonny Rollins) – 7:45
- "The Bridge" (Rollins) – 5:58
- "God Bless the Child" (Arthur Herzog Jr., Billie Holiday) – 7:29
- "You Do Something to Me" (Cole Porter) – 6:49
- Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
- Jim Hall – guitar
- Bob Cranshaw – bass
- Ben Riley – drums
- Harry "H.T." Saunders – drums (replaces Riley on "God Bless the Child")
"God Bless the Child" recorded on January 30, 1962
"Where Are You?", "John S." and "You Do Something to Me" recorded on February 13,
"Without a Song" and "The Bridge" on February 14, 1962 in a New York City studio.
- George Avakian – producer, liner notes
- Bob Prince – session producer
- Ray Hall – engineer
- Chuck Stewart – cover photography
Production of the first CD Reissue, 1992
- John Snyder – digital producer
- Steve Backer – executive producer
- Joe Lopes and Jay Newland – engineers
- Ira Gitler – liner notes (in addition to the original text by Avakian)
Digitally mastered September 1991 at BMG Recording Studios, New York City
- Allmusic review
- Sonny Rollins discography at AllMusic
- Sonny Rollins biography at AllMusic
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- Biography Sonny Rollins official website. Accessed October 20, 2007.
- Citation according to the faq-section of his own website Accessed September 7, 2012.
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- Yaffe, David. (October 4, 2007). Spirit Chaser. The Nation. Accessed October 20, 2007.
- The Bridge review at AllMusic
- Marchese, David. (August 26, 2005). A colossus nears the end of the road Pop Matters. Accessed October 20, 2007.
- Various releases of The Bridge at Discogs (list of releases)
- Sonny Rollins - The Complete RCA Victor Recordings at AllMusic. Retrieved September 7, 2012.