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Sonny Rollins: Road Shows, Vol. 1

Sonny Rollins

Before we sing the praises of Sonny Rollins, we should sing the praises of Carl Smith.

Smith is a retired lawyer and businessman from Maine who has spent the past eight years amassing a huge archive of recordings from Rollins’ concerts. This project of his began in 2000, and it continues today. But Smith, who also surreptitiously records Rollins concerts himself when he gets the chance, is no opportunist. He isn’t interested in profiting from his deeds. Instead, he has offered his entire trove to the saxophonist, in hopes that some of it will be released.

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