Sonny Rollins: We Kiss in a Shadow
We Kiss in a Shadow
Sonny Rollins (tenor sax)
East Broadway Run Down (Impulse A 9121)
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