Rollins regal in Jazz Fest opener
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#1 Aug 29, 2008
Thanks for the candid review of Sonny Rollins work in the park on Thursday night to kick off the Chicago Jazz Fest. Yes Millenium should be home to the main stage of the Jazz Festival, for sound and all that is visually pleasing! That formality out of the way, we should focus on Sonny Rollins. When you love jazz and have a history with it, you know what Sonny Rollins means to the music and to our times. I can only say that I've though often through the years of being able to hear Sonny Rollins, and never have. Having the chance last night brought me chills and tears. That's Sonny Rollins, I thought. That's the Sonny Rollins sound and that's the Sonny Rollins spirit. That's why we love jazz. People like Sonny are reverered not until they're thirty, but until their last breath, their last musical idea, as it should be. What we heard last night was a different and experienced vocabulary and expression beyond vocabulary: music. For a man who had trouble walking, his music and style were astonishing. His message was sophisticated and enjoyable.
Thank you to Sonny Rollins, the Chicago Jazz Institute, and thank you Mr. Reich for covering this wonderful American artform. Last night was indeed historic in Chicago!
#2 Aug 30, 2008
BC - Thanks for that letter. I have heard of the man for years and have always meant to give him some serious ear time and now, partially thanks to you, I will.
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