Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins is one of the jazz world's greatest improvisational artists. At the tender age of 23, he played with Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. After successfully battling a heroin addiction in the early 1950s, he joined the Clifford Brown-Max Roach quintet. He also began a critically-acclaimed solo career. Now in his sixties, he feels obligated to carry on the vision of his own mentors to today's rising stars.
Rollins has been called the greatest living jazz improviser and the greatest virtuoso that jazz has ever produced. Rollins's latest release is "Silver City" (Milestone), a two disk anthology released by Milestone, his recording company, in celebration of their 25 year affiliation with Rollins. Rollins has played with musicians of modern jazz such as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and Bud Powell. (REBROADCAST from 2/2/94)