Road Shows, Vol. 1
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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.
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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There is a typical Rollins mixture here: 3 up-tempo tunes that let Sonny really blow, 3 standards, and 1 calypso. All are outstanding. I had the pleasure to actually be at his 50th anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall in 2007 when he played "Some Enchanted Evening". I wish he would have released the rest of the set with McBride and Haynes but am glad to have the one performance.
What I also like on this album is that Rollins gives his long-term band mate Clifton Anderson some space to solo on "More than You Know" and "Nice Lady". Anderson is a good trombonist, but Rollins often limits him to just playing some harmony on the opening and closing themes of songs.