Sonny Rollins Talking Jazz
Sonny Rollins is an extremely soft-spoken gentleman whose career in the jazz world has covered a tremendous amount of history. Because he is tall with a dramatic look, and because his contributions to the music loom so large in the historiography, he is often approached as a "giant" both by his fans and critics. This has made him leery of public encounters. Subsequently, he has done relatively few interviews over the years. I met him on a cold winter afternoon at a recording studio in New York City. We talked briefly about some mutual friends, and then got right to the heart of the interview. Throughout the day he proved to be a most generous man and quite willing to share his history and his personal feelings. It is hard not to be impressed by his gentleness and modesty. The following is a document of some of that conversation.