Sonny ROLLINS – Horn Culture 1973

Sonny ROLLINS – Horn Culture 1973
M-9051

Jazz

This decent effort from Sonny Rollins finds the classic tenor saxophonist at his best on “Good Morning Heartache” and “God Bless the Child” although some of his own originals seem a touch lightweight. His backup band (which includes keyboardist Walter Davis, Jr., and guitarist Masuo) is supportive but somewhat anonymous. Nothing too essential occurs but the music is generally enjoyable.
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
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Horn Culture was the first time the listening public was introduced to Mtume’s absolutely mind blowing tune Sais. Though Mtume was the author of this tune, it was not released by him until his Rebirth Cycle album was released in 1977. This tune was also covered by Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes, alternatively titled Sais (Egypt), on his 1974 release Cosmic Funk. Sonny Rollins version of this tune is one hell of a hypnotic snaking affair with the most delicate piano slowly driving the whole thing. Sonny Rollins kind of takes a bit of a back seat on this one and allows the rhythm section to carry, and lead, the whole thing. You’ve still got incredible sax work; almost a bit Pharoah Sanders screech in places, but it never over powers the solid rhythm of the tune. Of the three versions of Sais this is probably my least favorite, not that it’s not amazing, it’s just that Mtume’s monster spaced-out psychedelic 20 plus minute epic never fails to completely take over my life every time I play it. This version is more minimalist like Lonnie Liston Smith’s version, but it’s unfair to compare really as they are all so different in styles. As for the rest of the album, well it’s basically very good straight ahead jazz. The thing that gets me about this album is David Lee’s drums, even in the mellower grooves the kit is really explored and never just played. I don’t know too much about Sonny Rollins, so I can’t rate this album in comparison, but I basically just got this album for the version of Sais and ended up being very pleased with the whole thing.
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Sonny Rollin- (Soprano & Tenor Saxophones);
Walter Davis, Jr- (Piano, Electric Piano);
Mtum- (Piano, Percussion);
Maso- (Guitar);
Bob Cransha- (Bass);
David Le- (Drums).
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“Through overdubbing, Rollins is heard on more than one saxophone on some selections.”
Recorded at C I Recording, New York City; April, June and July, 1973.
Additional recording at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, Cal.; June, 1973
Remixed at C I Recording.
A1, A3, B2: Sonrol-BMI
A2: Mtume Music-BMI
B1: E. B. Marks-BMI
B3: Northern-ASCAP
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A1. Pictures In Reflection Of A Golden Horn  4:47
Bass [Electric] – Bob Cranshaw
Drums – David Lee
Guitar – Masuo
Percussion – Mtume
Piano – Walter Davis Jr.
Written-by, Saxophone [Tenor] – Sonny Rollins
A2. Sais  11:47
Bass [Electric] – Bob Cranshaw
Drums – David Lee
Electric Piano – Walter Davis Jr.
Guitar – Masuo
Saxophone [Soprano, Tenor] – Sonny Rollins
Written-by, Piano [Acoustic] – Mtume
A3. Notes For Eddie  7:49
Bass [Electric] – Bob Cranshaw
Drums – David Lee
Guitar – Masuo
Percussion – Mtume
Piano – Walter Davis Jr.
Written-by, Saxophone [Tenor] – Sonny Rollins
B1. God Bless’ The Child  5:37
Bass [Electric] – Bob Cranshaw
Drums – David Lee
Guitar – Masuo
Percussion – Mtume
Piano – Walter Davis Jr.
Saxophone [Tenor] – Sonny Rollins
Written-By – Herzog , Holiday
B2. Love Man  9:22
Bass [Electric] – Bob Cranshaw
Drums – David Lee
Guitar – Masuo
Percussion – Mtume
Piano – Walter Davis Jr.
Written-by, Saxophone [Tenor] – Sonny Rollins
B3. Good Morning, Heartache  8:18
Bass [Electric] – Bob Cranshaw
Drums – David Lee
Guitar – Masuo
Piano – Walter Davis Jr.
Saxophone [Tenor] – Sonny Rollins
Written-By – Fisher , Drake , Higginbotham
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