Sonny Rollins, East Broadway Run Down

Britt Robson

By Britt Robson

on 09.10.12 in Reviews

East Broadway Run Down

Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins, with John Coltrane’s rhythm section and then-young trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, turn the 20-minute title track from bluesy bop into entropy that hints at Ornette Coleman’s “outside” skitter and goes into a section where Rollins is blowing high-pitched phrases through his mouthpiece alone. Not a smashing success overall, but Sonny’s opening solo is a triumph of the tenuous and the headstrong in tandem and Hubbard is successfully challenged to follow suit. The other two tracks are the pianoless trio with Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison: Rollins has a wonderful swaggering refrain throughout “Blessing in Disguise” and the final track is a midtempo ballad. After this record, Rollins entered into his second retirement — this one lasting six years.