Music: A Silver Newport

With all that wonderful, mixed-up jazz

There was jazz in Carnegie Hall: Sonny Rollins, one of the alltime great tenor saxophonists, was sparking fire off the bluesy beat of his quintet. Bending low over his sax, Rollins, 48, would pause for a fraction of a second and then come up swinging: weaving countermelodies inside and outside the harmonies, loosing flying clusters of arpeggios that left his sax all but smoking, ending with a comic bebop flourish, head thrown back and sax brandished triumphantly in the air.

There was jazz in Lincoln Center, where Singer Betty...

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