Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes

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By BeBopProducer at 13:24 on 04/02/13

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Date: Tuesday, March 05, 2013

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    Sonny Rollins is the only remaining jazz legend who played with Charlie
    Parker, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis and John Colrane in the Golden Age of
    Jazz. A complicated introvert and sometimes tortured man, who recorded his
    first album aged 19, his journey has been dramatic and often confounded both
    the music industry and his devoted fans. At the height of his career he
    decided to quit the scene because, "my name had become bigger than I could
    play," opting to disappear to play alone on the Williamsburg Bridge in New
    York.

    His return some years later resulted in one of the best-selling jazz albums
    of all time, aptly named The Bridge. He quit the scene again a few years
    later to play in solitude in the palisades in New Jersey, and again to visit
    India to practise meditation and yoga.

    Beyond the Notes seeks out this octogenarian who still plays to sold-out
    concerts at jazz festivals worldwide, has received several awards for
    excellence around the world, culminating in the Kennedy Centre Performing
    Arts Award he received from President Obama in 2011, and asks where he has
    reached in his artistic quest.

    Featuring his extraordinary 80th birthday concert with other jazz legends
    like Ornette Coleman, Jim Hall and Roy Haynes, this is a must-see film for
    lovers of music, film artistry and creativity.

    By BeBopProducer at 13:29 on 04/02/13

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