Sonny Rollins: Dearly Beloved


Dearly Beloved


Sonny Rollins (tenor sax)


Our Man In Jazz ((RCA 74321 851602)

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Sonny Rollins (tenor sax), Don Cherry (cornet), Bob Cranshaw (bass), Billy Higgins (drums).

Composed by Jerome Kern


Recorded: Live at the Village Gate, New York, July 27-30, 1962


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

It’s difficult to overstate the effect that Ornette Coleman had on Sonny Rollins. The always-critical Rollins was in self-imposed exile from the scene within months of hearing Coleman’s “New Sound,” only to emerge three years later with a new approach and a band featuring Coleman alums. On “Dearly Beloved,” he pulls all the stops in a performance that exudes the spontaneity and intensity that mark all of his efforts from the period. Spurred by Rollins’ infectious tenor, Higgins and Cranshaw segue from up-tempo swing to jaunty waltz-time at the subtlest turn of phrase, pushing Rollins and Cherry to breathtaking heights.

Reviewer: Matt Miller


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