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The Freedom Suite is an example of Rollins' pioneering work in the saxophone trio genre, a genre that he was one of the first to develop. Backed by an outstanding rhythm section of underrated bassist Oscar Pettiford and the brilliant Max Roach, Rollins' "pianoless" group paved the way for the sax power trios of Ornette Coleman, Sam Rivers and Albert Ayler in the 60s. Lacking the harmonic straightjacket that a chordal instrument lays over jazz, this setting allows Rollins free reign to create his astonishing improvisations. Whether using reworked standards like Till There Was You, or Will You Still Be Mine, or his ambitious, multi-movement Freedom Suite, Rollins the improviser dominates the disc. And his profoundly logical, deeply structured and yet infectious bop phrases never disappoint.
Most impressive on the disc is the title cut.Read more ›
The first movement of "Freedom Suite" (19 minutes, 17 seconds) begins with a simple, fairly light riff, with drums and bass filling in between restatements. Then Sonny Rollins improvises against the riff's rhythm and harmonies--one can still hear the basic melodic structure as well. Rollins fluid sound contrasts in an interesting way with the sharply percussive, punctuated rhythm section. As is frequently the case, the improvisations move further from the basic theme, but he still makes this center a home. Bassist Petitford has an excellent, nimble solo, and then Rollins plays, this time sounding more like the rhythm section, with shorter bursts of sound introducing an exciting yet economical Max Roach solo. IN short, the first movement is fairly conventional structurally and sonically, it seems like a warm-up.Read more ›
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This is Rollins' third recording that employs his piano-less trio format and it establishes his sound in that format. Read morePublished on June 9, 2014 by Mike Tarrani
Newk's Freedom Suite will endure as one of the high points of post-bop avant-garde jazz along with Kind of Blue and A Love Supreme. Read morePublished on October 20, 2007 by For Two Cents Plain
Great two sessions from early 1958 with perfect production by great Orrin Keepnews. From his artistic peak with his legendary trio. Read morePublished on August 31, 2006 by Francis_S.