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Road Shows, Vol. 1

Sonny RollinsAudio CD
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Always a restless creative spirit, a constantly self-renewing citizen of the jazz world and one of the music's leading lights, saxophone legend Sonny Rollins has long been ambivalent about, even averse to, the business side of music. However, since forming his own record label, Doxy, in 2005, Rollins has emerged as an inspired-and surprisingly assertive-entrepreneur.

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  • Audio CD (October 28, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EmArcy / Doxie
  • ASIN: B001G5SDJ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,168 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Road Shows, Vol. 1 is one of the finest Sonny Rollins albums ever released. . . . In concert, a nearly irrational spontaneous magic is permissible. This record is full of such magic. --Gary Giddins

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Road Shows, Vol. 1 is the exciting inaugural release in a planned series of outstanding live Sonny Rollins recordings from the last 30-plus years. The seven tracks on the new CD, culled from the Carl Smith collection and Sonny Rollins s own personal soundboard recordings, were recorded in the U.S., Japan, France, and Sweden. Featuring the saxophonist with a variety of sidemen, including Al Foster, Mark Soskin, Clifton Anderson, Bob Cranshaw, and Stephen Scott, Road Shows captures the Saxophone Colossus in full flight, dazzling audiences around the world.

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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Track Listing Details March 29, 2009
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*Best Wishes*
Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone; Clifton Anderson, trombone; Mark Soskin, piano; Bobby Broom, guitar; Jerome Harris, electric bass; Al Foster, drums. Recorded at Kosei Nenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan; May 25, 1986 (9:26)

*More Than You Know*
Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone, Clifton Anderson, trombone; Bobby Broom, guitar; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Victor Lewis, drums; Kimati Dinizulu, percussion. Recorded at La Halle aux Grains, Toulouse, France; May 15, 2006 (8:44)

*Blossom*
Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone; Mark Soskin, piano; Jerome Harris, electric bass; Al Foster, drums. Recorded at Umea (Sweden) Jazz Festival; October 25, 1980 (12:28)

*Easy Living*
Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone; Mark Soskin, piano; Jerome Harris, electric bass; Al Foster, drums. Recorded at Congress Hall, Warsaw (Poland) Jazz Jamboree; October 23, 1980 (11:03)

*Tenor Madness*
Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone; Clifton Anderson, trombone; Stephen Scott, piano; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Perry Wilson, drums; Victor See-Yuen, percussion. Recorded at Pantheon Tama, Tama City, Japan; June 8, 2000 (7:50)

*Nice Lady*
Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone; Clifton Anderson, trombone; Bobby Broom, guitar; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Steve Jordan, drums; Kimati Dinizulu, percussion.Recorded at Royal Theatre, Victoria, B.C. Canada; June 24, 2007 (12:12)

*Some Enchanted Evening*
Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone; Christian McBride, bass; Roy Haynes, drums.Recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York City, September 18, 2007 (9:55)

Cuts 1,3,5,6 are Rollins compositions. (71:37 total time)
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Searing Sonny Rollins performances April 16, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I'll confess that my own jazz prejudices run pretty deep. I have always suspected that everything important in this music was pretty much said by about 1964, with the music then splitting between a mainstream that added electric basses and keyboards (yikes) and largely turned the music into instrumental pop or funk, and an avant garde that, from Albert Ayler and Sunny Murray in the late 60s through players like Jemeel Moondoc and William Parker in the new improvisatory scene, is largely keeping the true flame of creative jazz alive. What's interesting about Sonny Rollins' Road Shows is that, like the later career of Ornette Coleman, it represents both trends. Sonny's backing band since the late 70s is faceless, amplified dreck of the sort that pretty much ruined jazz, and that's what you'll hear on these tracks. But Sonny himself, well, he's really reaching out there on these performances, really tapping into the spiritual vein of the avant garde. I found myself really digging it. Take his treatment of the great old standard "Easy Living," for instance, performed in Warsaw in 1980. He really tears it up, and even the sour electric piano and cheesy electric bass can't ruin it. All in all, I approached Road Shows with trepidation. I mean, how could you make a decent album out of a bunch of highlights from disparate concerts over the past 25 years? It was a recipe for disaster. But the result is astonishingly coherent, a testament to how consistent Sonny Rollins mature vision has been, at least in live performance. Great stuff.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonny's the best1 November 27, 2008
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Without question, this is one of the best Sonny Rollins recordings in the last 40 years.
Sonny starts on fire with "Best Wishes" and smokes his way through this wonderful cd. What's really intersting is the mix of revolving personnel over the years. It reveals Sonny's taste as a bandleader who likes consistency but spontaneity as well.

Well done Newk !

Skip Norris
Jazz Artistic Director
The Music Hall for the Performing Arts Center
Detroit,Michigan
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are You Kidding Me? November 30, 2008
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It's just magical what this man has done, can do and continues to do even into his 80's. I've listened to Sonny since my youth and have seen him on a number of occasions. He is on fire on these live recordings and lifts the roof on the Tenor Madness cut. This the one he did with Coltrane in the 56. His group is superior and anyone who likes jazz must own this. Sonny plans to release a number of live recordings that span the last 30 years. I am already anticipating the releases. I bow to the genius. Thanks Sonny, I love you man.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Goin' September 2, 2010
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Almost 72 minutes of very diverse live jazz featuring the immortal S. Rollins. The great Roy Haynes (drums) appears on one track. The dynamic sideman Bob Cranshaw (string bass & bass guitar) appears on three tracks. Excellent liner notes with a soft shell jacket. Also on a good label Decca.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sonny Captured Live March 9, 2009
By ptbenic
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been to 12 Sonny concerts in Europe and the States over the years, and was always puzzled why his albums never really captured the magic of the man. This release goes a long way in recreating the live sound of Sonny. It has releases from 1980 to 2007 and they are all great. Not sure why some of these reviewers believe these are 2008 recordings, as they are not. The above said, eagerly awaiting Road Shows, Vol. 2 -- and please, release it on vinyl also. I love my CD's and my iPod, but vinyl is best if one really wants to listen to jazz, and especially the sax. PTB
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of Sonny's best May 24, 2009
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Sonny Rollins' reluctance to release live discs is as well-known as it is unfortunate. Some of his best material was recorded live, including 2001's "Without A Song". "Road Shows" is a compilation of songs taken from different concerts. The backing band is different for each song, but Clifton Anderson plays a lot of trombone, and long-time bassist Bob Cranshaw is the most common bassist. Sonny's playing, as you'd expect, is excellent. Any Rollins fan should buy this CD. There a few weaknesses, though with the music which keep it at 4-stars. "Some Enchanted Evening" doesn't enchant me. "Blossom", which very good on the whole, overdoes the main riff. Rollins' use of electric bass and sidemen usually get criticized by critics. I don't mind the electric bass -- it's nice to hear the bass loud and clear. The backing band is capable, but there are places where the music behind Rollins' sax is a little too neat and tidy. Small reservations aside, this disc is truly a tour de force of saxophone, and it's still a high-ranked 4-star disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended!!
Quality merchandise, fast shipping, smooth transaction. Recommended!!!
Published 1 month ago by SaxManiac1
5.0 out of 5 stars You can hear the audience GASP after some of these solos
It's just ridiculous how much Sonny Rollins plays his ass off on this record.You can hear the audience GASP after some of these solos. This is *triumphant* jazz playing.
Published 5 months ago by Allen Michie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grand Master - Sonny Rollins -The Fine Wine of Musicians -
You know it's him from the first robust, lusciously smooth, round note. So amazing at his age. Mr. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Steve A
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonny Rollins, don't miss listen
He is touring around the world and may he come to Sweden again. He visisted in the north many years ago so it's time for a revisit.
Published 19 months ago by Kenneth Ögren
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokin"
This CD will take time to appreciate. Some selections immediately hit you with power and finesse. After listening to it again and again you realize how talented Sonny Rollins is... Read more
Published on January 28, 2011 by R. Bland
5.0 out of 5 stars Every track is unbelievable
I don't think there is any way to describe Rollin's playing on this disk in words. The man transcends everything except himself and his sax. Read more
Published on January 11, 2011 by Gerald S. Manning
4.0 out of 5 stars Road Shows Vol 1.
Sonny Rollins is at his best playing to a live audience. He really takes off on these performances recorded between 1986 & 2007.
Published on October 30, 2010 by JOHN.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Collection of Live Rollins
This is a very enjoyable collection of live recordings by Sonny Rollins spanning 27 years from 1980 to 2007. Read more
Published on March 3, 2009 by Roger Berlind
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