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Video: Sonny Rollins, 1959

For me, what sets Sonny Rollins apart from all other tenor saxophonists in the 1950s is how he makes you feel as soon as he starts to play. For some reason, Sonny's sound hits my heart and mind, making me...       Related Stories Sonny Rollins on Disco Monk Ornette Coleman (1930-2015) Weekend Wax Bits  
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Interview: Dick Hafer (Part 1)

Music / Jazz : JazzWax

Starting in the late 1940s, Dick Hafer (pronounced HAY-fer) was one of the finest big-band tenor saxophonists and soloists. Dick's sound rested somewhere between Lester Young's smooth linear delivery and Wardell Gray's eely bop atta...

When Bill Met Sonny and Terri

Music / Jazz : JazzWax

Earlier this week, I visited Terri Hinte's Facebook page. Terri is Sonny Rollins' publicist and close pal. On her page was a post on a phone call she received this week. I won't spoil Terri's story by telling you why...       Relate...

Interview: Dick Hafer (Part 2)

Music / Jazz : JazzWax

When you speak with tenor saxophonist Dick Hafer, you notice that his voice is as cool and easy-going as his horn. It's a gentle voice, a voice that has a mellifluous sound that makes you want to keep him talking...

Warne Marsh: Music for Prancing

Music / Jazz : JazzWax

In the 1950s, tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh sounded like Stan Getz with parts missing. A pioneer of the Lennie Tristano-influenced cool jazz movement of the late 1940s and early '50s, Marsh was born in Los Angeles and gigged and rec...

Last Message of Pres: 1959

Music / Jazz : JazzWax

Last week I received an email from filmmaker Henry Ferrini, who is busy making a documentary on Lester Young. He sent along a clip in which he features Young playing I Can't Get Started from March 1959 and the tenor...        

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