The onliest Sonny

By JON GARELICK  |  April 15, 2010

“No, I don’t think so. It just sort of happened that way. It was really just too difficult playing to have a motivation that, ‘Oh wow, this is going to be different!’ No, no, I was just trying to get to the stuff that I was able to do, without thinking whether it was different.”

In 2008, Rollins released Road Shows Vol. 1 (EmArcy) — a nearly 30-year retrospective of live shows. His next album, he says, will be a studio recording. “I’m hearing something a little different, which I’m trying to crystallize. New material, new ideas, new ways of improvising. I haven’t done it yet. That’s what keeps me practicing, and what keeps me playing.”

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