Airegin was composed by tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins in 1954 and later became a jazz standard . The title comes from the name of the country Nigeria is spelled backwards and reveals both the great interest of Rollins to the origins of African jazz and its own origins 1 . It was recorded in 1954 by Miles Davis on the album Bags ‘Groove with Rollins on saxophone and recorded again by the Quintet of Miles in 1956 on their album Cookin’ .

The piece was also performed by guitarists Wes Montgomery on his album The Incredible Jazz Guitar by Wes Montgomery (1960) and Grant Green on the album Nigeria (1962), who also often played pieces of Rollins in the 1960s such as Solid , Oleo , Sonnymoon For Two 2 . A version with lyrics composed by Jon Hendricks was released in 1958 on the album The Swingers! of the American vocal group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross and in 1985 on the album Vocalese of the band The Manhattan Transfer. Flutist Hubert Laws also performed on the album In The Beginning (1974) with drummer Steve Gadd playing a very fast samba pattern behind a Laws piccolo. The musician Maynard Ferguson also records this composition twice; on the album Color Him Wild (1964) where he played an overdubbed solo then on New Vintage released in 1977. Stan Getz and Chet Baker also perform at the “Stockholm Concerts” in 1983  [ archive ] (concert of which there is a triple album). Italian pianist Franco D’Andrearesumes the track on his album Airegin (1991) and the title Doxy .


  1. ↑ p.  34-35 ( in ) Richard Palmer, Sonny Rollins: the cutting edge , Continuum International Publishing Group,, 213 p. ( ISBN  0826469167 and 9780826469168 )
  2. ↑ ( in ) ” Grant Green – (Ben Sidran, 1980 liner notes Origin of Nigeria ) ”  [ archive ] , on jazzprofiles (accessed January 2011 ) .
  • In ) This article is partially or entirely from the Wikipedia article in English entitled ” Airegin ” ( see the list of authors ) .