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"If you hear the music, you don't have to be there looking at somebody's body," Sonny Rollins says. "His music is here. All the time." John Abbott/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After 7 Decades, Sonny Rollins Can't Get Music Off His Mind

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Wadada Leo Smith finished second in the NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll, separated by only 12 points from surprise winner Steve Lehman. Scott Groller/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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"Jazz improvisation is supposed to be the highest form of communication," Sonny Rollins says, "and getting that to the people is our job as musicians." John Abbott/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sonny Rollins: 'You Can't Think And Play At The Same Time'

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Rollins (far right) on stage at his 80th-birthday concert in New York City. Also pictured (left to right): Ornette Coleman, Christian McBride, Roy Haynes. John Abbott hide caption

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The Saxophone Colossus (that's Sonny Rollins at left) played on The Rolling Stones' "Waiting on a Friend." Photo Illustration: Lars Gotrich/Photos: Rick Diamond/Getty Images, Miguel Palacios/Cover. hide caption

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Photo Illustration: Lars Gotrich/Photos: Rick Diamond/Getty Images, Miguel Palacios/Cover.

Sonny Rollins on the cover of John Abbott's Saxophone Colossus: A Portrait of Sonny Rollins. John Abbott hide caption

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A Holiday Gift Guide For The Jazz Lover

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Jim Hall performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Sonny Rollins in Studio on World Cafe - 07/26/2007

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Saxophonist Sonny Rollins Still Swinging Strong

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