Sonny Rollins: Moritat
Sonny Rollins (tenor sax)
Saxophone Colossus (Prestige: OJCCD-291-2)
Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, June 22, 1956
Rating: 80/100 (learn more)
Rollins's dedication to the Great American Songbook is extended to this German chestnut, by Weill-Brecht, which most of us know as "Mack the Knife." The great Jazz Ambassador, Louis Armstrong, had recorded the tune shortly before Rollins, in September 1955. This is worth noting as context for Rollinsís playing here. To my ears it sounds like he was very familiar with Popsís vocal. As usual he uses the tune as a starting point and takes his time extending beyond the core material. Heís supported beautifully throughout but the track is a little long for my taste.
Reviewer: Frank Murphy
Tags: mack the knife