Brief thoughts on the Sonny Rollins/New Yorker/Django Gold Kerfuffle

My S.O. said I couldn't limit my thoughts on last week's Django Gold's satirical piece in the New Yorker about Sonny Rollins to five short sentences. I'm about to prove her wrong. In no particular order: If you thought it was funny (I laughed at the Miles bit), cool; if not, also fine. The response …

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How Should One Best Evaluate Sonny Rollins’ Road Shows Vol 2?

Sonny Rollins recently released the second installment of his Road Shows series, which primarily draws on material from his 80th birthday concert from New York's Beacon Theater.  While the event was certainly legendary, with performances by Roy Haynes, Christian McBride, Jim Hall, Roy Hargrove, and a surprise visit by Ornette Coleman - whom Rollins had …

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Jon Irabagon’s Foxy and “Jazz Masculinity”

Jon Irabagon, Foxy (Hot Cup 102) The cover of Foxy, the scintillating new disc from saxophonist Jon Irabagon, immediately forces its viewer to think of Sonny Rollins. ...Ok, check that, only if the viewer is previously aware of Way Out West, but let's hold a discussion of semiotics, the responsibility of the reader and constellations …

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