Sonny Rollins : The Bridge

Sonny Rollins : The Bridge


Sonny Rollins (tenor sax), Jim Hall (guitar), Bob Cranshaw (bass), Ben Riley (drums)

RCA 2527

Classic  Records : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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A1 - Without a Song
A2 - Where Are You
A3 - John S.
B1 - The Bridge
B2 - God Bless the Child
B3 - You Do Something to Me

Recorded on January 30 and February 13-14, 1962 at RCA Victor Studio B in New York Citry.

The Bridge was Sonny Rollins' first release following a three-year sabbatical and his first album for RCA Victor. In 1959, feeling pressured by the unexpected swiftness of his rise to fame, Rollins took a three-year hiatus to focus on perfecting his craft. A resident of the Lower East Side of Manhattan with no private space to practice, he took his saxophone up to the Williamsburg Bridge* to practice alone: "I would be up there 15 or 16 hours at a time spring, summer, fall and winter".

Comeback album The Bridge had the normal Rollins balance of original and standard material, the surprise element being the inclusion of a guitarist rather than a pianist. Jim Hall would not have been an obvious choice to act as a foil for the bold, aggressive work associated with the saxophonist, but the commitment on both their parts to sophisticated harmonies turned the album into a triumph. Hall did make comment after the event to the effect that it was actually quite frightening to follow Rollins’ solos, and that there remained no doubt as to who the leader was.

*The Sonny Rollins Bridge Project was launched in March 2017 with the purpose of renaming the Williamsburg Bridge to commemorate the saxophonist Sonny Rollins’ famous sabbatical there from 1959-1961.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Classic Records LP was remastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech from the original analogue master tapes, using pure analogue components only through to the cutting head and was pressed on 200-gram virgin vinyl at RTI.