Global Warming, Milestone CD MCD-9280-2, 1998
A force of nature
Sonny Rollins may not be as green as he used to be,
age-wise, but this titan tenor has just released an album as socially
aware as a college activist. Rollins stretches out on this
releases six cuts, with nothing on it lasting anything less than
The title cut carries with it a semi-Caribbean feel, and is
anchored by Stephen Scotts piano and kalimba work. On this
foundation, Rollins and trombonist Clifton Anderson skip like stones
over a peaceful lake with their sharply pointed staccato notes,
sounding closer to a warm tropical beach than the impending disaster
the title implies.
This albums longest tune is called "Mother
Natures Blues" and Scotts McCoy Tyner-like piano work,
combined with Rollins crying sax, sound a lot like Coltrane might
have, had Greenpeace been around during his heyday to inspire him.
Only one of these songs just doesnt seem to belong.
Although nicely played, a version of Irving Berlins "Change
Partners" is just too sweet a tune to fit with all these
Over the years, much new growth has sprouted on the jazz scene.
But like a tree planted near the water, Rollins playing continues
to be evergreen. Dan MacIntosh
Glenn Brooks says... I agree with Dan about Clifton
Andersons contributions; I hope Sonny records a whole album with
him soon. Regarding "Change Partners," Rollins has always had
a knackor character fault, depending on how you feel about
itfor picking off-beat tunes for his albums.
Remember Way out West?