How Should One Best Evaluate Sonny Rollins’ Road Shows Vol 2?

Sonny Rollins recently released the second installment of his Road Shows series, which primarily draws on material from his 80th birthday concert from New York's Beacon Theater.  While the event was certainly legendary, with performances by Roy Haynes, Christian McBride, Jim Hall, Roy Hargrove, and a surprise visit by Ornette Coleman - whom Rollins had …

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Preview of JD Allen’s New Record on NPR

I love JD Allen's trio.  Unlike most tenor players, and saxophone players in general, JD Allen's solos and compositions get right to the point; they are concise, brief, and full of ideas.  I saw that his third album for Sunnyside Records, Victory! , is going to drop on Tuesday.  And that's why I'm happy that NPR …

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Jon Irabagon’s Foxy and “Jazz Masculinity”

Jon Irabagon, Foxy (Hot Cup 102) The cover of Foxy, the scintillating new disc from saxophonist Jon Irabagon, immediately forces its viewer to think of Sonny Rollins. ...Ok, check that, only if the viewer is previously aware of Way Out West, but let's hold a discussion of semiotics, the responsibility of the reader and constellations …

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