Sonny Rollins - St. Thomas

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St. Thomas
Tenor Sax : Sonny Rollins
Piano : Kenny Drew
Bass : Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen
Drums : Albert "Tootie" Heath


G Sutton

I recently read a magazine article that stated there was a time in Sonny's life when he quit performing and got up everyday and went up on a bridge and just practiced all day. Of course everybody thought he was crazy, but I like that kind of devotion to his craft.

4 years ago | [YT] | 81

Patrick O'Neill

Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen's bass solo left me speechless.

3 years ago | [YT] | 89

Chris Richardson

Finally a pianist lets the bassist get on with a solo and doesn't comp the crap out of it. Great Bass solo.

4 years ago | [YT] | 43

Aubrey Camacho,MD

As a native of the USVI, I grew up on this song along with the rich influx of calypso from the West Indies islands and salsa from my parents birth land, Puerto Rico. Even though the rhythm section is jazz, the tune from Sonny Rollins is completely island calypso, including his marvelous solo. Not many continental Americans have the insight and talents to express another genre of music so genuinely. Mr. Rollins is pure magic.

2 years ago | [YT] | 16

Isaiah Rappaport

Incredible! The drummers solo is great!

6 years ago | [YT] | 3

l'enfant des toises

Where's the ten hour version?

5 years ago | [YT] | 6

Mbuyiseli Fana

Thats jazz at its best I love it.

5 years ago | [YT] | 6

TheDobligator

This dude Heath is a monster

4 years ago | [YT] | 13

akayrk

what a fine performance

3 years ago | [YT] | 4

Daniel Salcedo García

JNR-GTA IV :v

4 years ago | [YT] | 15

TheEleatic

The performance of this song captures all that Sonny Rollins was. Joy. Play. Invention. Curiosity. Optimism. If there were dark days in his life, he chased them away with a beautiful melody. I saw him in concert at Massey Hall in Toronto (the site of another historic concert that he praised). I wish I could summon a tenth of the passion he could.

2 years ago | [YT] | 24

Crucial Bunny

sonny's face towards the end of the drum solo says "wrap it up b!"

3 years ago | [YT] | 4

adamatari

Much, much better than the studio version. Much stronger calypso feel, in both rhythm and solos, particularly Sonny's solo. It makes me wonder if they deliberately held down the feel on the take for the record.

4 years ago | [YT] | 10

Charles Asche

My favorite St. Thomas, the whole group is so tight and Tootie plays the melody on the tubs.

2 years ago | [YT] | 5

Jazzistan

I wanna to see the people who click dislikes to this kind of music.

3 years ago | [YT] | 16

razzec19

Great piece! I feel Bossa nova in the air...
This track must be on my "Jazz goes to Brazil" playlist.

2 years ago | [YT] | 6

Marshall Winkler

Tootie blows my mind!!!  some sick drum work:)  I love what he does with the snare:)  Incredible.

5 years ago | [YT] | 2

bruce acierto

holding the beat/melody at the back of their minds for 10min.??! awesome jazz players are

3 years ago | [YT] | 8

Jan Gunnar Olsen

Lovely Dancing,swinging Caribbean music with GREAT musicans (read Kenny Drew piano, Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen bass, and Al Heath drums) plus of course the MAN himself Sonny R

3 years ago | [YT] | 5

mybikiniarea

shout out to that marimba

3 years ago | [YT] | 5