Sonny Rollins – Holding The Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4

June 3, 2016 / No Comments / Tags: Al Foster, Bob Cranshaw, Harold Sumney Jr., Jerome Harris, Kimati Dinizulu, kobie watkins, mark soskin, Perry Wilson, Peter Bernstein, Sammy Figueroa, Saul Rubin, Sonny Rollins, Stephen Scott,, victor lewis, Victor See Yuen

(Okeh Records)

More of evidence of the enduring greatness of Sonny Rollins is what you hear on Holding The Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4. The recording is the latest release in a series of Rollins live performance stops from 1979 to 2012. The current collection features tunes recorded at shows in Paris, London, Pori (Finland),  Prague and Boston, among other cities across the globe. The songs are a mix of standards and the venerable saxophonist’s compositions. The ebullience and mastery of Rollins is only equaled by his willing to share the floor and allow his fellow merrymakers to create. The features the talents of pianists Stephen Scott and Mark Soskin, guitarists Peter Bernstein, Bobby Broom, and Saul Rubin, bassists Jerome Harris and Bob Cranshaw, drummers Al Foster,  Victor Lewis, Kobie Watkins, Harold Sumney Jr. and Perry Wilson and percussionists Sammy Figueroa, Kimati Dinizulu and Victor See Yuen, in various personnel configurations. Another must-have in the Rollins ‘live works’ library.

Click to listen to a clip of “Keep Hold of Yourself”:

Tracks: In a Sentimental Mood, Professor Paul, Mixed Emotions, Keep Hold of Yourself, Disco Monk, You’re Mine You, H.S., Medley: Sweet Leilani, Solo, Don’t Stop the Carnival .