'Asiatic Raes', by Sonny Rollins
An anonymous writer has brought it to my attention (thanks for that and shame on me for overlooking this scoop) that Sonny Rollins received the Jazz Award 2010 for his complete oeuvre in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) last Wednesday, 53 years after he performed there for the first time.
The Jazz Award was introduced in 2002 and has previously been given to George Coleman, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and, as the first European, Toots Thielemans.
To salute Mr. Rollins, I have a beautiful piece of his 1957 album ‘Newk’s Time’ for you.
(The title of the album is a reference to Rollins’ nickname ‘Newk’, which is apparently based on his resemblance to Donald Newcombe, a Major League Baseball pitcher who shared the same nickname.)
Sonny Rollins - Tenor Saxophone
Wynton Kelly - Piano
Doug Watkins - Bass
Philly Joe Jones - Drums