Sonny Rollins: Old Devil Moon
Old Devil Moon
Sonny Rollins (tenor sax)
A Night at the Village Vanguard, Volume 1 (Blue Note 99795)
Composed by Burton Lane and Yip Harburg.
Recorded: Village Vanguard, New York City, November 3, 1957
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
No better place to start than at the beginning. This landmark Blue Note session was the first record released from the Vanguard. Originally issued in two separate volumes comprised of the afternoon and evening sets on November 3, 1957, the complete collection has since been remastered and re-released (with additional tracks). Musically, this set the standard for the piano-less trio – Rollins is accompanied by just a bassist and drummer. This musical freedom allows Rollins to showcase his masterful rhythmic reconfiguration of the “Old Devil Moon” melody throughout his improvisation.
Reviewer: Eric Novod