Label: ORG Music – ORGM 1078 / RCA LSP 2527 AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head Mastered By Bernie Grundman – Pressed at Pallas – Limited Edition 100 Recommended All-Analog LP Reiissues Worth Owning – Michael Fremer Analogplanet.com How badly did Sonny Rollins want to refine his playing? The saxophonist shocked the world in 1959 and took a break, returning in 1962 with this splendiferous set, named after the Williamsburg Bridge, where he practiced by himself. He’s paired here with guitarist Jim Hall, whose communicative lines, along with Rollins’ esteemed solos and melancholy patterns, gives The Bridge lofty status. The quartet tackles both originals and standards such as Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child” andCole Porter’s “You Do Something to Me,” turning up aces every time. “One of the greatest albums from one of jazz’s greatest musicians” – Inkblot Magazine Voted by Miles Davis as the greatest tenor ever, an inventive saxophonist and an astonishing soloist. Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins’ first recording after ending a surprising three-year retirement found the great saxophonist sounding very similar to how he had played in 1959, although he would soon start investigating freer forms. In a pianoless quartet with guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Ben Riley, Rollins explores four standards (including “Without a Song” and “God Bless the Child”) plus two fiery originals, highlighted by the title cut. The interplay between Rollins and Hall is consistently impressive, making this set a classic and a very successful comeback. Mastered from the original master tapes, ORG Music’s 180g LP presents this Bluebird/RCA classic in the finest analog sound it’s ever known. Everything from each of Rollins’ dip-and-dive patterns to the patter of Ben Riley’s drums is heard with extreme detail and range. If you love the realism, clarity, and you-are-there detail of classic jazz, you don’t want to miss this superb reissue. Musicians: Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone Jim Hall, guitar Bob Cranshaw, bass Ben Riley, drums H.T. Saunders, drums Selections: Side 1: 1. Without a Song 2. Where Are You 3. John S. Side 2: 1. The Bridge 2. God Bless the Child 3. You Do Something to Me
Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone Jim Hall, guitar Bob Cranshaw, bass Ben Riley, drums H.T. Saunders, drums
Side 1: 1. Without a Song 2. Where Are You 3. John S. Side 2: 1. The Bridge 2. God Bless the Child 3. You Do Something to Me
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