Sonny Rollins, Dancing In the Dark

Britt Robson

By Britt Robson

on 09.11.12 in Reviews

Dancing In The Dark

Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins will never be strictly background music, but this is one of his more suave, sedate dates, featuring his purring tone more than any extensive solos — even the rambunctious calypso “Duke Of Iron” is held to four minutes. Aside from a spry and spirited 75-second intro on the title track, the best moments here are in the relaxed grooves and creamy horn arrangements of “Just Once,” “Promise” and “Allison.” You can skip the disastrous attempt to turn “I’ll String Along With You” into a reggae tune.