HIGHLAND GAMES

I've just watched the whole of this rescued set, filmed by the BBC during, what I consider to be, the most enjoyable phase of Sonny Rollins' career. There's nothing like a tight and talented funk band to bring out the best in radical improvisation. It's a truly great concert and it is made more so for me by the inclusion of Rufus Harley at the front of the stage. Soprano sax player and possibly the world's only Afro-American cross Cherokee, bekilted, jazz Great Highland Bagpipe maestro, Harley is one of my all time favourite musicians. Here he is riffing on "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" (with a smidgeon of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star") accompanied by the great man himself. Do not stop the carnival!

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