Sonny Rollins: There Is No Greater Love


There Is No Greater Love


Sonny Rollins (tenor sax)


Way Out West (Contemporary 7530)

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Sonny Rollins (tenor sax), Ray Brown (bass), Shelly Manne (drums).

Composed by Isham Jones & Marty Symes


Recorded: Los Angeles, March 7, 1957


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Recorded "way out west," as the album title indicates, this trio version of "There Is No Greater Love" is a very poised and brooding one that finds Rollins in a meditative mood, due perhaps to the change of climate and partners. His tenor strolls through the chord changes with a heavy gait that gives weight to each note, and Brown's bass slowly walks by its side as do Manne's sparse brushes. A vision of a love tune that is rather far from the light and radiant image the West Coast usually projected at the time.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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