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Tenor Giants Meet!!

May 1956, Sonny Rollins was on his way to a recording session at Rudy Van Gelder’s Studio for “Prestige” records, with him were members of  Miles Davis’s rhythm section, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. Sonny met John Coltrane before the session and both agreed to John tagging along to the session date. John was just hanging out but Rollins noticed that Coltrane had brought his horn, both agreed to do one song together. Tenor Madness was the title song of the album, a simple blues piece and for 12:15 minutes magic was created. It was to be the only recording of the two together. Two of the most important Tenor men in Jazz history on one track, both get the chance to solo and an old-fashioned “Chase” ensues trading fours. Rollin’s big bluesy sound versus Coltrane’s “Young” inspired lyricism. What an album to own…an absolute must have!!

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