Sonny Rollins: We Kiss in a Shadow


We Kiss in a Shadow


Sonny Rollins (tenor sax)


East Broadway Run Down (Impulse A 9121)

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Sonny Rollins (tenor sax), Jimmy Garrison (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).

Composed by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 9, 1966


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

This 1966 date has long been a favorite Rollins recording. The title track includes Freddie Hubbard, but the remaining pieces feature this trio format and what a rhythm section! Garrison and Jones set up the head right from the start with the bass playing it straight and the drums providing substantial interest. Rollins enters with that majestic tone, caressing this famous melody with the concentration and care one expects from his playing of this period. The short improvisation is all Sonny, but even a cursory listening to the simmering accompaniment provided by his coconspirators reveals the great ebb and flow these fellow travelers are capable of.

Reviewer: Frank Murphy

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