Don't Stop the Carnival (Sonny Rollins album)

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Don't Stop the Carnival
Live album by Sonny Rollins
Released 1978
Recorded April 13–15, 1978
Genre Jazz
Label Milestone
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Sonny Rollins chronology
Easy Living
Don't Stop the Carnival
Don't Ask

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]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau A− [3]

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."[3]

Track listing[edit]

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. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Don't Stop the Carnival > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved June 26, 2011.