Sonny Rollins, The Cutting Edge

Britt Robson

By Britt Robson

on 09.11.12 in Reviews

The Cutting Edge

Sonny Rollins

This glorious oasis during the most creatively fallow period in Sonny Rollins’s distinguished career naturally takes place in concert, during the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival. His disastrous flirtation with funky, electronic beats is shelved during a stunning rendition of “To a Wild Rose” (one of his all-time great ballad performances in concert) and is accommodated in a delightful manner during a bagpipe-and-sax workout with Rufus Thomas on the closing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” While the rest of the disc doesn’t match those heights, the quality control is solid throughout.