The Lonely Goatherd

Because of his fondness for transforming cheesy show tunes I felt sure that Sonny Rollins must have played The Lonely Goatherd at some time, especially with that goatee. It would have been right at home on his What’s New album. I can almost hear it. His lyrical saxophone singing the melody, then deconstructing it with one of his abstract solos over a rhythm of congas and bongos. But I can’t find a recording anywhere. We’ll have to imagine it, and make do with this version by Eddie Cano.

Here is Christopher Corr goat-herding in the Ardeche. Maybe yodelling too. He’ll be herding his goats down at The Rowley Gallery tomorrow evening from 6 o’clock. All welcome.

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