Sonny Rollins – Road Shows Vol II

Sonny Rollins is a musical genius, I still remember the first time I heard “Freedom Suite,” I was blown away, it is such a powerful and beautiful record; and it was an excellent introduction to one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time.  His body of work is as extensive as it is amazing and influential.  What’s even more impressive is that at 81yrs old, he is still out there playing and is arguably the best saxophonist alive.

In 2010, to celebrate his 80th birthday, he staged a concert at Carnegie Hall

The event featured a who’s who of jazz musicians, including Bassist Christian McBride, drummer Roy Haynes, trumpeter Roy Hargrove and guitarist Jim Hall, along with his band: guitarist Russell Malone, bassist Bob Cranshaw, drummer Kobie Watkins, and percussionist Sammy Figueroa.  The highlight however, was the first onstage meeting of Rollins and jazz legend Ornette Coleman. Although longtime friends, they had never shared the stage. 

Luckily, these performances were captured and are now presented in Volume II of his “Road Shows” series.  Featuring four tracks from the Carnegie Hall show and two tracks recorded a few months later inJapan, this is a spectacular performance.

At 80plus years, Sonny is at the top of his game and hopefully we’ll hear some new compositions from him soon.

~ by silentium1 on November 9, 2011.

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