Sonny Rollins: Decision
Sonny Rollins (tenor sax)
Sonny Rollins Volume One (Blue Note 80911)
Recorded: Hackensack, N.J., December 16, 1956
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
“Decision” demonstrates a bit of tenor giant Sonny Rollins’s acclaimed ability to use thematic variation in the construction of his improvisations. A defining characteristic of “Decision,” Rollins’ own 13-bar minor blues, is the quick two-note motive on which it is based. Rollins begins his solo with the motive and reiterates it and its variations throughout his resourceful improvisation. The Clifford Brown-influenced trumpeter Donald Byrd and pianist Wynton Kelly also contribute fine solos. Drummer Max Roach uses his brushes to mark the time with precision and taste.
Reviewer: David Franklin