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Sonny Rollins: Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4

Read "Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

At this point in his long and storied career, tenor saxman Sonny Rollins is probably incapable of releasing genuinely bad music (which isn't as obvious a statement as it may seem if, for example, you've tried to listen to Bob Dylan's Shadows in the Night Sinatra homage). Still, some sets are better than others, and Sonny ...

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

Read "Holding The Stage: Road Shows, Vol. 4" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

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 ...

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

Read "Holding The Stage: Road Shows, Vol. 4" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The day may come when the well runs dry, but that day is not upon us. The fourth installment of Sonny Rollins' Road Shows series has arrived, bringing more beauties from the archives to light while bearing out that the genius of the Saxophone Colossus is best demonstrated on the stage. That's where the magic has ...

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Sonny Rollins: Road Shows, Vol. 3

Read "Road Shows, Vol. 3" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Come Re Mida, Rollins trasforma tutto quello che tocca in oro, dall'alto della venerabile età di ottantatre anni. A prescindere dai compagni di viaggio, le sei tracce incise dal vivo nel corso dell'ultimo decennio ce lo documentano più gagliardo e inventivo che mai. Una in particolare ("Solo Rollins") può essere elevata a simbolo di una carriera ...

Sonny Rollins: Road Shows, Vol. 3

Read "Road Shows, Vol. 3" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The third installment of tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins' live performances, Road Shows, Volume 3 is the most uniformly outstanding of the series. A task that is hard to achieve since the first two albums were superb musical gems in their own right. Despite covering a span of 11 years the current disc demonstrates extreme thematic cohesiveness, ...

Sonny Rollins: Road Shows, Vol. 3 (2014)

Read "Sonny Rollins: Road Shows, Vol. 3 (2014)" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Legendary tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins has proven himself to be one of the most durable, consistently strong musicians of any era and genre. He started playing tenor saxophone in the 1940s, came into his own as a recognized player in the 1950s, and, except for short interruptions has been working and recording ever since. The reason ...

Sonny Rollins: Road Shows, Vol. 3

Read "Road Shows, Vol. 3" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Look beyond harmony, go past technique, and pay no mind to personality. When you do all of that, Sonny Rollins still remains one of the greatest improvisers to ever wield an instrument. And why is that? The answer is simple: Rollins is forever in a state of becoming. He's the rare player who doesn't play towards ...

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Sonny Rollins: Road Shows, Vol. 2

Read "Road Shows, Vol. 2" reviewed by Greg Simmons

The Beacon Theatre in New York holds 2,700 people, and--much like fans claiming to have seen the final game of the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field--there may already be 20,000 people who swear they were there for Sonny Rollins' 80th Birthday performance. At 80 years old, Rollins is still a damn good tenor saxophonist, and Roadshows ...

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Sonny Rollins: Road Shows, Vol. 2

Read "Road Shows, Vol. 2" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, into his eighth decade now, has nothing left to prove but keeps doing it anyway. The iconic artist has put out classic albums like Newk's Time (Blue Note Records, 1957) and Saxophone Colossus (Prestige Records, 1956) and The Bridge (RCA Records, 1962), continuing to maintain a vibrant career for more than six ...

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Sonny Rollins: Road Shows, Vol. 2

Read "Road Shows, Vol. 2" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Road Shows, Vol. 1 (Doxy, 2008) was the cure for all that ailed Sonny Rollins fans who were familiar with his herculean abilities in live settings, yet disappointed with some of his studio output. Famous for being his own worst critic, the tenor saxophonist cherry-picked all of the material for that outing, meeting near-universal acclaim upon ...