Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Consumer Guide by Review Date: 1975-01-27


David Barretto: David Barretto (Mercury, 1974) If you don't believe a Fats Domino medley is likely to go with something called "Time to Sow the Seed," featuring not one but two harps, you're like me, and like me you're wrong. This is schlock with a difference, and the difference is faith. Believe me, Shadow Morton can make a believer out of anybody. B

Sonny Rollins: The Cutting Edge (Milestone, 1974) Rollins is one of those certified geniuses who didn't pan out for me when I had the time to investigate jazz, and although I hoped for belated paydirt from his first live album in years, more careful examination reveals that the straight melodies do get dull and the improvisations aren't rich enough to invite deep digging, just like all the jazz metallugists warned me. B

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: The Impossible Dream (Vertigo, 1974) Harvey: "Garry Glitter, meet Arthur Brown. Gary and Arthur. Uriah Heep. Gary, Arthur, and Uriah, this is Samuel Beckett." Beckett: All went well at first, they all came to [ . . . ] C-

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