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Sonny Rollins Broadcast with Clifford Brown and Max Roach

Sonny Rollins with Clifford Brown and Max RoachIn honor of tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins’ 77th birthday–and his upcoming Carnegie Hall concertSonnyRollins.com is putting up a track every day from a previously unreleased June 1956 performance of the Max Roach-Clifford Brown Quintet, featuring Sonny in the tenor spot. The first round offers a smokin’, epic version of “Delilah,” with pianist Richie Powell not getting left in the dust at all–in fact, his piano solo reminds us that Clifford Brown wasn’t the only musician whose potential was cut tragically short in an automobile accident not long after this particular gig.

Further Sonny Night Lights listening: Sonny Rollins Live in London catches the saxophonist in freewheeling flight circa 1965 at Ronnie Scott’s, and Sonnymoon offers up music from his collaborations with pianist Thelonious Monk.

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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