Sonny Rollins To Release Road Shows, Vol. 3
Posted 2/20/2014

Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins has announced the third volume of his Road Shows series of live concert recordings. The disc will be released on May 6 as part of a new distribution deal that Rollins has inked with Sony Masterwork’s jazz imprint OKeh and his own Doxy label.

The new album features six songs that were recorded between 2001 and 2012, with one previously unrecorded track, “Patanjali.” The selections were recorded at concerts in Saitama, Japan; Toulouse, Marseille and Marciac, France; and St. Louis.

The first volume of Rollins’ Road Shows series was released in October 2008, followed by a second volume in September 2011. The tracks on Vol. 2 were recorded at a September 2010 concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York and two shows in Japan the following month. The album has guest appearances by saxophonist Ornette Coleman (on a 22-minute version of “Sonnymoon For Two”), guitarists Jim Hall and Russell Malone, trumpeter-flugelhornist Roy Hargrove and drummer Roy Haynes.

In a 4½-star review of Road Shows, Vol. 2 in the October 2011 issue of DownBeat, contributor Paul de Barros wrote, “The tenor titan has relaxed into an exuberant, triumphant period … [he] projects a kind of joy we can all wish we’ll feel at 80.”

Rollins received the 2010 National Medal of Arts and the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors. His 2000 album, This Is What I Do (Milestone), received a Grammy in the category Best Jazz Instrumental Album, while his version of “Why Was I Born?” from 2004’s Without A Song (The 9/11 Concert) won a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.

Sony Masterworks relaunched the OKeh label in January 2013. Among the veteran jazz artists whose albums have been released by OKeh are guitarist Bill Frisell, pianist John Medeski, keyboardist Bob James and saxophonist David Sanborn. In a new series of recordings called “The Sound of Next,” OKeh has released albums by drummer Jeff Ballard, saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and guitarist Nir Felder, among others.

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Sonny Rollins’ new live album features songs recorded from 2001–’12.

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