Two Weeks with Sonny Rollins Changed My Life: Bennie Maupin

Bret’s 10 Favorite Sonny Rollins Recordings

Saxophone Colossus

Way Out West

The Bridge

A Night at the Village Vanguard

Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins

Tenor Madness

Freedom Suite

Don’t Stop the Carnival

The Sound of Sonny

Sonny Rollins Omnibook

Sonny Rolins Transcriptions

Bennie Maupin heard Miles Davis’ “Paper Moon” on a jukebox in high school and discovered Sonny Rollins. A friend introduced him to Tenor Madness and that’s when his interest in Sonny piqued. He first heard Sonny live in the early 60s when he came to town with a band that included Don Cherry, Bob Cranshaw and Billy Higgins. About artist Prophet Jennings show with Sonny where Bennie, age 20, played in the group that opening for Sonny. Afterwards he met Sonny and that was the start of a lifelong friendship. He also discusses the first time Sonny mentored him and how it changed his life.

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