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by historicsaxwhisperer
(411 posts)
5 days ago

Still Inspired by Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins has inspired me since i literally was a child.

I remember a television commercial that showed him walking onto "The Bridge" for his evening of solitude blowing to the wind. As he is pushing 90, he no longer can play. He remembers times not too long ago, a few years back, where he was still playing 3 hours a day.

Coltrane played on an altered Otto Link 6 facing. So more a 5* with his added baffle.

Rollins was known for playing on an Otto Link 10 facing and carving down Baritone reeds for the longer vibration table on the reed and the extra strength. A true monster player.

Rollins feels somewhat lost now that he cant play anymore.....

So at 56, I ask myself, how many hours of my remaining life will I truly spend playing my horn? I do have a friend that is 93 and still playing his 1946 Zephyr Baritone and Super Balanced Action alto he picked up after coming home from war.

If I would rather be doing something else, I guess that shows why Rollins is still my Living legend.

My thought for today.

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  1. by mijderf
    (227 posts)

    4 days ago

    Re: Still Inspired by Sonny Rollins

    Well if it helps, I am 69 and still play 2 to 3 hours a day.  So at 56 you shoud have many years of saxophone enjoyment ahead of you.  Always enjoyed Sonny Rollins sound (tone and expression).  I believe Houston Person is still playing into his 80's.  As long as you are in good health and good physical shape, you should be able to play for a good long time.

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