Tuesday, July 8, 2014

THE LATEST INSTALLMENT OF SONNY ROLLINS' ROAD SHOW ALBUMS IS THE BEST YET

"The Road Show Volume 3,” a taste of saxophonist Sonny Rollins' archived live concerts from 2009 to 2011 is the most dynamic of his Road Show albums. The other volumes felt cut and spliced together, and never really captured how otherworldly Rollins can be live. In June, Okeh Records released vol. 3 nationwide. 
The album shows Rollins having a ball with many of his trusted band-mates such as pianist Stephen Scott, trombonist Clifton Anderson, bassist Bob Cranshaw and guitarists Bobby Broom and Peter Bernstein. 
Seeing Rollins live is like witnessing God perform miracles for kicks. Nothing compares to watching Rollins take flight, soloing upwards of 30-minutes straight without coming up for air, or Rollins putting his drummers through intense workouts. 
The quality of "Road Show Volume 3" is so clear you think you’re front row at the concerts as Rollins and his band-mates swing through "Biji," "Someday I’ll Find You," and "Don't Stop the Carnival". 
The album's standout cut is "Solo Sonny”. On it, Rollins dives head first into his imagination and comes to the surface with a bunch of fresh improvisational ideas. This third volume shows Rollins remains in top condition. Live maybe the best context to experience him. 
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