SONNY ROLLINS
                     The Bridge

                 Recording Date 
                      January 30, 1962  tk 4
                      February 13, 1962 tk 1,2,5
                      February 14, 1962 tk 3

                      Bob Cranshaw   B
                      Jim Hall            G 
                      Ben Riley          D 
                      Sonny Rollins     TS 
                      Harry Saunders   D


Review by Scott Yanow
The music on this 1996 CD has been reissued many times, including in the Bluebird series. Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins' first recording after ending a surprising three-year retirement found the great saxophonist sounding very similar to how he had played in 1959, although he would soon start investigating freer forms. In a pianoless quartet with guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Ben Riley, Rollins explores four standards (including "Without a Song" and "God Bless the Child") plus two fiery originals (highlighted by the title cut). The interplay between Rollins and Hall is consistently impressive, making this CD a near-classic and a very successful comeback.

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