Music Reviews

Sonny Rollins / Don Cherry: “Complete Live At The Village Gate 1962” Review


In July of 1962, saxophonist Sonny Rollins was joined by cornetist Don Cherry, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Billy Higgins for a four night stand at New York City’s Village Gate.

But while this quartet performed twenty songs during this engagement, only three were ever released (on Sonny’s album Our Man In Jazz), and even then, one of them was heavily edited.

Thankfully, the complete four night stint has now been released as a six-CD boxed set titled Complete Live At The Village Gate 1962. But while the music is great, the way it’s presented in this collection might irritate some picky purists.