St. Thomas

The most recognizable instrumental in the repertoire of American jazz tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins.

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St. Thomas

St. Thomas - This is perhaps the most recognizable instrumental in the repertoire of American jazz tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, who is usually credited as its composer. However, it is actually based on a traditional nursery song from the Virgin Islands, which Rollins' mother sang to him when he was a child. As such, it has a distinct Caribbean vibe to it.

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St. Thomas - This is perhaps the most recognizable instrumental in the repertoire of American jazz tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, who is usually credited as its composer. However, it is actually based on a traditional nursery song from the Virgin Islands, which Rollins' mother sang to him when he was a child. As such, it has a distinct Caribbean vibe to it.

One of my favorite versions is from Jim Hall's duo album Alone Together with Ron Carter.

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The Sonny Rollins classic arranged for ukulele in C tuning.


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