The whole album is interesting and highly original, but I will only comment on one cut, Rollins’ deconstruction of a sentimental broadway ballad from “Camelot”. He takes the kitsch out of this tune and turns it into a fierce meditation on the origins of jazz, the mystery of rhythm, and the fundamental particles of melody. Rollins’ version of “If Ever I Would Leave You” is nothing less than this: one of the greatest tenor solos in the history of jazz.
2. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
3. Brownskin Girl