Tuesday, April 12, 2005


You want to own these Sonny Rollins CDs at a minimum: “Way Out West,” “Saxophone Colossus,” “Freedom Suite,” “Sonny Rollins +3” and “This is What I Do.” “Sonny Rollins +4” and “East Broadway Run Down” are the next two I’d add. I’m a big fan of “Here’s to the People,” in part because of the memorable version of “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and “G-Man.” The title cut on the latter rates with “Chasin’ the Train” on Coltrane’s “Live at the Village Vanguard” in my book. You get Sonny and Coltrane in a duet on “Tenor Madness.”

“Don’t Stop the Carnival,” while not as good overall in my opinion, is must have because of the improvisation on “Autumn Nocturne.” Spine tingling.

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