Down Beat - p.745 stars out of 5
-- "The opener is breathtaking, with Rollins pulling and twisting the melody like taffy, adorning and rethinking it for a jaw-dropping stream-of-consciousness stretch."
JazzTimes - pp.79-80
"The fidelity is superb, and the performances are the cream of the crop. They range from a 1980 show in Japan to a concert from last year at Carnegie Hall."
Personnel: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Bobby Broom (guitar, electric guitar); Clifton Anderson (trombone); Mark Soskin (piano, electric piano); Stephen Scott (piano); Bob Cranshaw (upright bass, electric bass); Christian McBride (upright bass); Jerome Harris (electric bass); Steven "Steven J." Jordan, Steve Jordan , Al Foster, Roy Haynes, Victor Lewis, Perry Wilson (drums); Victor See-Yuen, Kimati Dinizulu (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Gary Giddins.
Recording information: Carnegie Hall, New York, NY (10/23/1980-09/18/2007); Kosei Nenkn Hall, Tokyo, Japan (10/23/1980-09/18/2007); La Halle, Toulouse, France (10/23/1980-09/18/2007); Pantheon Tama, Tama City, Japan (10/23/1980-09/18/2007); Royal Theater, Victoria, British Colombia, Canada (10/23/1980-09/18/2007); Umea Jazz Festival, Umea, Sweden (10/23/1980-09/18/2007); Warsaw Jazz Jamboree, Congress Hall, Warsaw, Poland (10/23/1980-09/18/2007).
Author: Gary Giddins.
Editor: Richard Corsello.
Photographers: Clifton Anderson; John Abbott .
After Lester Young and before John Coltrane, perhaps the most influential popular tenor saxophonist remains Sonny Rollins. (He's even played with the Rolling Stones.) With a rich, piercing tone and a gift for brilliant, exhilarating improvisations, Rollins has thrilled generations of jazz fans. ROAD SHOWS, on Rollins's own label, Doxy (distributed by Emarcy), collects live recordings from 1980 through 2007. Backed by a crew of mostly younger players (younger than Rollins, at least), ROAD finds the saxophonist roaring in superb form, ranging from a trio lineup (with drummer Roy Haynes!) to sextet settings (with guitarist Bobby Broom). The occasional presence of Jerome Harris's rippling electric bass is a nice plus, too.