Sonny Rollins Don't Ask
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- Released: November 5, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: OJC
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Personnel: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone, piano, lyricon); Mark Soskin (piano, electric piano, clavinet, synthesizer); Larry Coryell (acoustic & electric guitars); Jerome Harris (electric bass); Al Foster (drums); Bill Summers (congas, percussion).
Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California from May 15-18, 1979.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1996, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone, piano); Larry Coryell (guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar); Mark Soskin (piano, electric piano, Clavinet, string synthesizer); Jerome Harris (electric bass); Al Foster (drums); Bill Summers (congas, percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Audio Remixer: Richard Corsello.
Recording information: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA (05/15/1979-05/18/1979).
Photographer: Phil Bray.
Let's start with the obvious. This record was made in 1979 and the track "Disco Monk" is, in fact, everything you'd rightfully fear it to be. That said, everyone on this album can play. "The File" is a duet for Rollins and guitarist Larry Coryell, who sets up a spirited 12-string vamp for the tenorist to work through. It's an unusual combination and it works. This approach is reprised (with Coryell on a six-string acoustic guitar) for the set's one standard, "My Ideal," to which Rollins lends solos and unaccompanied work as well.
"Don't Ask" and "And Then My Love Found You" are the most straightforward tunes of the set, mainstream in the post-fusion sense of the word: lyrical and vaguely Latin, with extensive blowing over uncluttered chord changes. Rollins' use of the Lyricon on the meditative "Tai Chi" further dates this recording, but if the Zappa-esque weirdness of the aforementioned disco tune doesn't faze you, neither will Rollins' use of a synthesized wind instrument.
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