Guitarist Emily Remler performs the Sonny Rollins standard “Tenor Madness” in 1989.
Her most recent album at the time was 1988’s East to Wes, whose title is a nod to Remler’s chief influence Wes Montgomery. Jazz guitarist Herb Ellis claimed that she was “the new superstar of guitar,” and it isn’t hard to see why.
Tenor Madness is a twelve-minute duet between Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, and the B-flat blues melody has become very well known for Rollins. It is easy to distinguish between the two saxophonists, as Coltrane has a much brighter and more boisterous sound as compared to Rollins’ smoother, “wet-reed” tone. However, as jazz critic Dan Krow said, the two complement each other, and the track does not sound like a competition between the two rising saxophonists.