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Alto Sax & Cor Anglais

Sonny Simmons is one of the pioneers of free jazz, a contemporary and friend of Ornette Coleman, and a musical partner of the late Eric Dolphy. But in the 1970s he largely withdrew from the jazz scene, disillusioned with the problems of making a living as a progressive artist. When he re-emerged in the mid '90s, working mainy with younger musicians, it was immediately clear that he had lost none of his passion or imagination. Steeped in modern jazz history, his playing embraces everything from the bop of Charlie Parker to the most abstract free improvisation.

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