When Sonny Met Ornette

The combined age of this photograph is over 280. L-R: Ornette Coleman, Christian McBride, Roy Haynes, Sonny Rollins. i i

hide captionThe combined age of this photograph is over 280. L-R: Ornette Coleman, Christian McBride, Roy Haynes, Sonny Rollins.

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The combined age of this photograph is over 280. L-R: Ornette Coleman, Christian McBride, Roy Haynes, Sonny Rollins.

The combined age of this photograph is over 280. L-R: Ornette Coleman, Christian McBride, Roy Haynes, Sonny Rollins.

John Abbott/Courtesy of the artist

Remember last year, around this time, when Sonny Rollins gave a rare New York City performance for his 80th birthday? And how he invited some special guests on stage, like Roy Haynes, Roy Hargrove and Jim Hall? And how he casually mentioned, mid-solo, that "there's somebody in the house that is going to say 'happy birthday' to me" ... and it turned out to be Ornette Coleman, carrying an alto saxophone?

That concert was, in fact, professionally recorded. And much of it — including the first time Sonny and Ornette ever appeared together on stage — appears on Road Shows, Vol. 2. That's Rollins' new live album, and you can listen to all of it at NPR Music before it comes out Sept. 13, via the First Listen series.

The aforementioned Roy Haynes is also coming out with a new album Sept. 13. But more on that later.

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