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This new collection of live performances from the legendary tenor saxophonist was mostly culled from a concert at New York's Beacon Theatre on September 10, 2010, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, aside from two tracks from an October 2010 date in Sapporo, Japan. Personnel include Roy Hargrove, Jim Hall, Russell Malone, Bob Cranshaw, Sammy Figueroa, and most especially bassist Christian McBride and drummer Roy Haynes on "Sonnymoon for Two." The pianoless trio is joined after the first solo by none other than Ornette Coleman, in the first meeting on record of the two saxophone giants. The clash between Rollins and Coleman's trademark styles stretches for 22 minutes of confrontational jazz nirvana, and incontestably becomes the album's centerpiece.
Performance CreditsSonny Rollins Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Jim Hall Guitar
Roy Hargrove Trumpet
Russell Malone Guitar
Bob Cranshaw Bass,Electric Bass
Ornette Coleman Alto Saxophone
Sammy Figueroa Percussion
Roy Haynes Drums
Christian McBride Acoustic Bass
Kobie Watkins Drums
Technical CreditsIrving Berlin Composer
Sonny Rollins Composer,Producer
Richard Corsello Producer,Engineer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Francis Davis Liner Notes
Jamie Putnam Cover Art