Sonny Rollins: Skylark
Sonny Rollins (tenor sax)
Sonny Rollins' Next Album (Original Jazz Classics 3122)
Bob Cranshaw (bass), David Lee (drums).
Composed by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer.
Recorded: New York City, July 1972
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Sonny begins unaccompanied sounding like he's introducing a calypso, but then subtly moves into a slow-tempoed sweet reading of the standard. After Cables's heartfelt solo, Sonny soars at his creative best with surging, extended lines, capped by a long cadenza to die for. The highlight of Sonny's first album after his second "retirement" of six years, this superb track alone announced that he was back for keeps, although his studio recordings--as opposed to live performances--would continue to remain uneven.
Reviewer: Scott Albin