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Sonny Rollins: Holding The Stage: Road Shows, Vol. 4

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Sax Rhapsody. Si potrebbe definire così questo CD che documenta alcuni tour de force rollinsiani tra il 1996 e il 2012. Le otto tracce proposte offrono un'efficace rappresentazione di un genio in concerto, in tutta la sua carica espressiva. A fare da trait d'union è la volatile fantasia improvvisativa, immersa in un aureo classicismo capace di incantare diverse generazioni di jazzofili.

Senza voler entrare nel merito di una cifra artistica ampiamente storicizzata, se ne apprezza ancora la sublime capacità di moltiplicare le svariate spigolature ritmiche, armoniche e melodiche degli standard soggetti a profonda scomposizione. Come al solito, è Sonny Rollins l'unico e solo protagonista a dominare incontrastato il dionisiaco flusso musicale. Sebbene dotati di uno spessore e di una scuola di alta classe, i compagni di viaggio si alternano come devote ancelle per officiare un rito sacro da ossequiare con discrezione.

Ed è davvero difficile sottrarsi per l'ennesima volta al calypso danzante e ipnotico di "Don't Stop the Carnival," che chiude come meglio non si poteva il CD.

Track Listing: In A Sentimental Mood; Professor Paul; Mixed Emotions; Keep Hold Of Yourself; Disco Monk; You're Mine You; H.S.; Medley: Sweet Leilani, Solo (Rollins only), Don't Stop The Carnival.

Personnel: Sonny Rollins: tenor saxophone; Bobby Broom: guitar (1, 7); Bob Cranshaw: bass (1, 2, 4, 6-8, 10); Jerome Jennings: drums (1); Kimati Dinizulu: percussion (1, 6-8, 10); Peter Bernstein: guitar (2); Kobie Watkins: drums (2); Sammy Figueroa: percussion (2); Saul Rubin: guitar (3); Clifton Anderson: trombone (4, 6, 8, 10); Stephen Scott: piano (4, 6, 8, 10); Harold Summey Jr.: drums (4); Victor See Yuen: percussion (4); Mark Soskin: piano (5); Jerome Harris: bass (5); Al Foster: drums (5); Victor Lewis: drums (7); Perry Wilson: drums (6, 8, 10).

Title: Holding The Stage: Road Shows, Vol. 4 | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Doxy Records

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