Rollins's career has been marked by near-constant change; his only steady sideman has been bassist Bob Cranshaw, who's played with the saxophonist for decades. But each phase has been part of a learning process, one that's only coming to its end because of time. "My whole plan, hopefully my destiny, is to absorb all these things that I've done all these years in music and be able to put them into a coherent style or form and play," he says. "That's what I'm aiming for. It will include everything I am. Because I'm not just avant-garde, I'm not just straight ahead, I'm not just sentimental, I'm all of these things. And I'm trying to get them together, because they're part of me."
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