Road Shows, Vol.1

Road Shows, Vol.1

by Sonny Rollins


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Sonny Rollins is featured in a variety of performances culled from his personal archives along with soundboard tapings by collector Carl Smith from concerts recorded between 1980 and his historic 50th anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall (which honored his first concert there in 1957). Rollins is in peak form on every selection, while this first compilation in what is likely to be an extensive CD series is a virtual highlight reel from over a quarter-century span of his career. He works his way through the theme of his blistering "Best Wishes" 35 times, never running short of ideas in his variations. The subtle take of "More Than You Know" cools things down a bit, showcasing longtime trombonist Clifton Anderson and guitarist Bobby Broom, followed by Rollins' explosive entrance on his powerful tenor. "Blossom" is a real find, a previously unrecorded original, heard here in a 1980 Swedish concert, an engaging piece with a strong Latin undercurrent. Rollins' revisit to "Tenor Madness" finds him throwing down the challenge to his musicians with his opening salvo, though all of them end up winners in this uptempo blues. The breezy calypso "Nice Lady" is followed by the compelling 2007 trio performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein's ballad "Some Enchanted Evening" (accompanied solely by bassist Christian McBride and drummer Roy Haynes), one of Rollins' most expressive performances on record. Every Sonny Rollins fan should consider this collection essential.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2008
Label: Emarcy
UPC: 0602517815612
catalogNumber: 001216502
Rank: 67648

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sonny Rollins   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Stephen Scott   Piano
Jerome Harris   Bass,Electric Bass
Victor Lewis   Drums
Mark Soskin   Piano,Electric Piano
Bob Cranshaw   Bass,Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Clifton Anderson   Trombone
Bobby Broom   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kimati Dinizulu   Percussion
Foster   Drums
Roy Haynes   Drums
Steve Jordan   Drums
Christian McBride   Bass,Upright Bass
Victor See-Yuen   Percussion
Perry Wilson   Drums
Steven "Steven J." Jordan   Drums

Technical Credits

Sonny Rollins   Composer,Executive Producer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Clifton Anderson   Producer,Audio Production
Gary Giddins   Liner Notes,Author
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Jamie Putman   Cover Art

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