Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Love struck

Sonny Rollins playing "Tennessee Waltz" (wonderfully, I might add) on "Falling in Love with Jazz," Milestone, came up on the Shuffle this morning and possessed me to pull out the disk and play it for the first time in a long while, reminding me what an enjoyable CD it is, in part because Rollins, who's in creative form improvisationally, shares two numbers with pianist Tommy Flanagan and a young Branford Marsalis.

Marsalis at this point in his career doesn't make for the same kind of heavyweight sax-blowing contest as Rollins and Coltrane on "Tenor Madness," Prestige/OJC, or Rollins and Sonny Stitt on "Sonny Side Up," Verve, but I think his presence prompts Mr. Rollins to push the envelope some, the last solo on "For All We Know," for example. "Amanda," a Rollins' composition, is a great fast-paced performance by him. Nifty lineup, including Jack DeJohnette and Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums, good music.

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