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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 (September 13, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EmArcy / Doxie
  • ASIN: B005D1IFNA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The saxophone colossus delivers a stellar new album of live performances from 2010. Joining songs recorded in Japan with Sonny's working band are four recorded at his 80th-birthday show at the Beacon in NY: I Can't Get Started and Rain Check with Roy Hargrove; In a Sentimental Mood with Jim Hall, and the 20-minute Sonnymoon for Two , his first-ever public performance with Ornette Coleman (it's amazing)!

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"I believe that jazz is the music which best expresses the stirrings of the human soul," says Rollins. "I feel tremendously privileged to have succeeded to some extent in a music that includes the likes of Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller--all of these guys who I thought were such tremendous people putting out all of this positive music," Rollins says. "It was all that I could ever dream--to be involved in this."

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Fredric G. Posner on February 4, 2012
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Walking into the Beacon Theater, its stately splendor, its classic feel... a big night shine to everything, a feeling that something important is about to happen...everyone buzzing in a mad hive of excitement...the classic statues and tiled ceilings and the gaudy chandeliers...it was like a night at the opera or the ballet...the anticipation was quite maddening actually...but there was nothing phony about it.

The lights dimmed and Stanley Crouch came sauntering out in a merry way...the "black frog" himself in all his intellectual splendor...his caterpillar (sometimes quite ugly!) of real life wrapped in a sweet cocoon of SOUL, then of course, the butterfly analogy (Sonny=jazz?)...the legacy of Louis Armstrong carried on, not by Monk, Coltrane or Charley Parker, but most notably and nobly by Mr. Sonny Rollins...ladies and gentlemen, I give you...

Sonny comes lurching, slouching ("towards Bethlehem to be born"?) Move over Rover `cause' Sonny's comin' over...out of the shadows of anticipation, already blowing like a madman...in fact, white shirt down to his knees, black handkerchief in pocket, white, wiry hair all fro-ed out like a mad scientist with a mischievous grin and an I-told-you-so attitude...Wow! The tone is set and so is the bar, way up high where you better get on and swing like a wild ape or you're gonna be left on the ground with the human beings, the squares.

Sonny is getting into it like a primitive learning how to walk...insistent floods of mixed themes and styles, breaking it down and building it up...and always that island breeze blowing through the charging congas (Sammy Figueroa) and Crenshaw's bass, the sound is impeccably clean except for Sonny's dirty bird riffs that chortle, grumble, gruffly like a playful Griot from West Africa...
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Scott McWade on September 25, 2011
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The first Road Shows disc confirmed to many, what some had known all along. That this tenor titan was still out there practicing his craft. I just assumed volume two would go backward in the timeline, as volume one was culled from relatively newer live recordings. Sonny himself eventually hinted volume two would involve material from his just performed 80th birthday celebration at the Beacon with Ornette, as he was so happy with the results. The proof is in the pudding and in this case, Sonny knows best. This recording is sterling and the playing is not great for an 80 year old, it's just plain great. I'm not going to suggest that it's some sort of new creative apex, let's just say, he's coming into his own, again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Poe on October 11, 2011
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I must say, I have been disappointed with many live recordings in the past, but this one is definitely a winner. It sounds like the players didn't know they were being recorded so, there is a very lively and spontaneous spirit that shines through this event. The playing is intense and the recording is clean and the sound has a presence that open your senses.
Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Barclay on October 25, 2011
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I am very surprised at the album.Probably one his best live recordings. The backup on these songs is solid,even tho they are taken from different concerts I can only commend Sonny Rollins for his greatness even at 80 years old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Manuel Leifer on May 1, 2012
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Sonny is ageless; he continues to impress and to create with each passing year.
With an impressive list of sidemen, Sonny has produced a rewarding group of
standards with fine interpretations. Enjoy!
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By SaxManiac1 on July 13, 2014
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Quality merchandise, fast shipping, smooth transaction. Recommended!!!
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Sonny Rollins Road Shows # 2 is Mr. Rollins at his best.
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By Kenneth Ögren on January 26, 2013
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I new before that mr Rollins, the grand old saxplayer and composer, still going strong, plays excellently, may he play on as long as he is alive.
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