'Love Is A Many Splendored Thing', by Clifford Brown and Max Roach

Recorded mere months before Clifford Brown died in a car crash, 1956’s ‘At Basin Street' finds the revered trumpeter in top form, co-leading an ensemble with drummer Max Roach that included saxophonist Sonny Rollins (his only performance with this quintet) and pianist Richie Powell (Bud Powell's brother, who was also killed in the accident). Morbid associations aside, this record is a vibrant hard-bop outing with Brown's amazingly agile horn lines always commanding attention even when compared to Rollins's robust sax work. 

Clifford Brown & Max Roach - At Basin Street

Love Is a Many Splendored Thing' is a popular song with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. The song was publicized first in the movie, ‘Love Is a Many Splendored Thing’ (1955), winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The theme song is here, on my YouTube channel. 

Recorded in New York, New York on January 4th and February 16th, 1956.

Clifford Brown - Trumpet
Sonny Rollins - Tenor Saxophone
Richie Powell - Piano
George Morrow - Bass
Max Roach - Drums 

Sonny Rollins, by de Koenigswarter
Last December, I got ‘Three Wishes: An Intimate Look At Jazz Greats' by Pannonica de Koenigswarter from Santa Claus.
Koenigswarter, the muse and patron of the American jazz world (as seen in the very rare documentary I posted earlier) was also an enthusiastic amateur photographer, evidenced in an enthralling collection of candid Polaroid snapshots.
She also collected wishes. Over the course of a decade, Koenigswarter asked three hundred musicians what their three wishes in life were, jotting them all down in a notebook.
The result is a highly recommended, well executed book (in terms of price, paper, print and binding) which gives an intimate look into life at The Cathouse.
The three wishes of Sonny Rollins:1. ‘Money.’2. ‘To be able to do what I want to do on the horn.’3. ‘To have a closer affinity with nature.’ 

Sonny Rollins, by de Koenigswarter

Last December, I got ‘Three Wishes: An Intimate Look At Jazz Greats' by Pannonica de Koenigswarter from Santa Claus.

Koenigswarter, the muse and patron of the American jazz world (as seen in the very rare documentary I posted earlier) was also an enthusiastic amateur photographer, evidenced in an enthralling collection of candid Polaroid snapshots.

She also collected wishes. Over the course of a decade, Koenigswarter asked three hundred musicians what their three wishes in life were, jotting them all down in a notebook.

The result is a highly recommended, well executed book (in terms of price, paper, print and binding) which gives an intimate look into life at The Cathouse.

The three wishes of Sonny Rollins:
1. ‘Money.’
2. ‘To be able to do what I want to do on the horn.’
3. ‘To have a closer affinity with nature.’ 

The Keepnews Collection, #5

The Keepnews Collection is a series of reissues of classic Riverside jazz albums.
Mr. Keepnews was the co-founder and producer of Riverside Records and tells great anecdotes from that time. Every episode is a different album.

Today’s feature: Blue Mitchell with ‘Blue Soul

You might also want to check out my previous posts about these series:

'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.

Sonny Rollins: Newk's Time

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