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Don't Stop the Carnival (Sonny Rollins album)

Don't Stop the Carnival is a live album by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, recorded at the Great American Music Hall and released on the Milestone label in 1978, featuring performances by Rollins with Mark Soskin, Aurell Ray, Jerome Harris and Tony Williams with Donald Byrd joining on five tracks.[1]

Don't Stop the Carnival
Don't Stop the Carnival (album).jpg
Live album by
RecordedApril 13–15, 1978
ProducerOrrin Keepnews
Sonny Rollins chronology
Easy Living
Don't Stop the Carnival
Don't Ask



Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic      [2]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide     [4]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow wrote that the "versions of 'Don't Stop the Carnival' and 'Autumn Nocturne' are memorable but most of the rest of the set, although spirited, is a bit lightweight".[2] Music critic Robert Christgau wrote "the meat of the album is sustaining if not exquisite, jazz food that anyone can digest."[5]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Sonny Rollins except as indicated
  1. "Don't Stop the Carnival" (Traditional) - 8:46
  2. "Silver City" - 8:08
  3. "Autumn Nocturne" (Kim Gannon, Josef Myrow) - 6:36
  4. "Camel" - 4:14
  5. "Introducing the Performers" - 1:01
  6. "Nobody Else But Me" - (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) - 6:57
  7. "Non-Cents" - Toney 9:25
  8. "A Child's Prayer" (Donald Byrd) - 8:05
  9. "President Hayes" (Byrd) - 9:49
  10. "Sais" (James Mtume) - 7:55
  • Recorded at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, April 13, 14 & 15, 1978



  1. ^ Sonny Rollins discography, accessed September 25, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Don't Stop the Carnival > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 172. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Don't Stop the Carnival > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved June 26, 2011.