Miles Davis, Dig

Britt Robson

By Britt Robson

on 09.10.12 in Reviews


Miles Davis

Sonny Rollins had already recorded with Babs Gonzales, J.J. Johnson and Bud Powell, but his participation in the Miles Davis Sextet, less than two years after the leader’s Birth of the Cool, solidified his up-and-comer status and gave him a chance to learn not only from Miles, but alto saxophonist Jackie McLean. In fact Dig is best recommended for McLean’s sharp solos and Rollins’s quickening, especially on the title track and “Bluing.” The 21-year-old Rollins is the lone sax on “It’s Only a Paper Moon” and the closing “My Old Flame.” He’s generally (and understandably) cautious, but when goaded by drummer Art Blakey, as at the end of “Bluing,” you hear flashes of what’s to come.