Sonny Rollins has been blowing his horn for seven decades now. In his career, including several sabbaticals from music, he has released around 60 albums and has innovated the jazz form several times and is considered one of the most important and influential figures in the genre.
His first sabbatical from music was in 1959. He became frustrated with his own musical limitations, took up yoga and would go practice is horn on the walkway of the Williamsburg bridge so he wouldn't bother his neighbors.
In '62 he returned to recording, laying down the classic album "The Bridge" for RCA records in the process.
Happy 86th Birthday to Sonny Rollins.
What are you listening to tonight?