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Rollins, Sonny / Road Shows, Vol. 1
Album:Road Shows, Vol. 1 Collection:Jazz
Artist:Rollins, Sonny Added:12/2008

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Add Date:2009-01-25 Pull Date:2009-03-29 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Reviewed 2009-01-25 
SONNY ROLLINS: Road Shows, Vol. 1
Doxy/EmArcy, 2008

BOP – These live concert performances, spanning 1980-2007, all find the tenor sax icon in fine form. But both the strengths and weaknesses of Sonny’s shows are apparent here.

Some tracks put the focus squarely on Sonny, with the band just setting up a groove and letting him blow and blow and blow for the next 10 minutes. That’s great, but it can get more than a little tiring. On ballads, Sonny shows a lot more nuance, but then the other members of the various bands solo, and they invariably pale in comparison to the leader (exception: #7). So it’s a mixed bag.

* * * | Fo’s Picks: 1, 5, 7

1. 9:26 – Japan, 1986: simple, happy melody. SR grooves with soul & verve
2. 8:44 – France, 2006: languid ballad, muscular sax; trombone & guitar solo
3. 12:27 – Sweden, 1980: upbeat blowing session, sub-par audio/mix
4. 11:04 – Poland, 1980: slightly jittery ballad, striding sax, cheesy backing
5. 7:50 – Japan, 2000: Sonny swings over a steady walking groove
6. 12:11 – Canada, 2007: Caribbean ditty; plodding tempo but good solos
7. 9:56 – Carnegie Hall, 2007: ballad, first-rate trio, everybody shines

[ Fo ] 01/25/09

Track Listing
1.Best Wishes 4.Easy Living
2.More Than You Know 5.Tenor Madness
3.Blossom 6.Nice Lady
 7.Some Enchanted Evening