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Sonny Rollins: Road Shows, Vol. 2

The best moment on these astonishing 2010 concert recordings occurs during Rollins’s 80th birthday concert, when altoist Ornette Coleman appears onstage with Rollins.

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If you’ve never experienced the magic of Sonny Rollins performing live, here’s the next best thing, said Patrick Jarenwattananon in NPR.org. These 2010 concert recordings capture the astounding fecundity of the tenor sax legend like none before. The moment the band kicks in, Rollins is “immediately” the commanding force, filling every row and aisle with sound while pouring forth a “seemingly inexhaustible warehouse of ideas.” The standout moment occurs during Rollins’s 80th birthday concert when altoist Ornette Coleman appears onstage with Rollins for the first time ever, said Thomas Conrad in Jazz Times. “Coleman’s chirps” and “Rollins’s pristine clarion calls” build to a “wild, loose final unison” that drives the crowd crazy. Even with Coleman on hand, though, “the player here with the most ideas, the most juice, is Sonny Rollins.”

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