Sonny Rollins: Decision

Track

Decision

Artist

Sonny Rollins (tenor sax)

CD

Sonny Rollins Volume One (Blue Note 80911)

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Musicians:

Sonny Rollins (tenor sax), Donald Byrd (trumpet), Wynton Kelly (piano), Gene Ramey (bass), Max Roach (drums).

Recorded: Hackensack, N.J., December 16, 1956

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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

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