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SONNY ROLLINS: Raincheck

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Roadshows vol. 2 includes material from 2010, the year of Sonny Rollins’ 80th birthday, don’t expect him to blow like in Saxophone Colossus or The Bridge.  However, Sonny Rollins is a living legend, one of my heroes, I am not worried about judging this album, comparing it with the previous records or even with his cutting edge albums. The context is perfect for me: it is a document of the life and work of one of the most important jazzmen – and that is priceless!

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“Raincheck” composed by Billy Strayhorn.

Sonny Rollins – Tenor Saxophone Roy Hargrove – Trumpet Russell Malone – Guitar Bob Cranshaw – Electric Bass Kobie Watkins – Drums
Sammy Figueroa – Percussion
Recorded September 10, 2010 at the Beacon Theater in New York.

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Intermission Story (2) – Biggest Airlift of WWII – The Hump

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C-47 flying over The Hump C-47 flying over The Hump

 In April 1942, the Allied Forces initiated an airborne supply line  that crossed the Eastern Himalaya Mountain Range. This airlift supplied the Chinese War effort against Japan from India and Burma to the Kunming area and beyond.  The C-46 Curtiss Commando and the DC-3/ C-47 Douglas Skytrain in the China- Burma- India Theater of War (CBI), also dubbed as the Hump operations. Other Cargo aircraft types that were also activated in this operation: the Douglas C-54 Skymaster, the Consolidated B-24 Liberator converted as a fuel transport C-109 and its Cargo version C-87 Liberator Express.

Loading in a grasshopper Loading in a grasshopper, (Piper L-4, observation or ambulance aircraft)

 The Allied Forces supplied the war effort of Chinese Nationalists first by road, later by air. They flew day-and-night missions from airfields in eastern India over the Himalayan Plateau known as the “Hump.” The 500‑mile air route to…

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Metro North Railroad New Haven Line Crash Disrupts Busy Rail Line

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Officials toured the scene of a two-train collision in Connecticut that injured dozens of people and halted rail traffic from New York to Boston on Friday.

Area hospitals reported seeing 70 people after the rush-hour collision. Two remained in critical condition on Saturday.

“The damage is absolutely staggering,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal told reporters on Saturday after a tour of the scene. “Ribbons on the sides of cars are torn away like ribbons of clothes. Tons of metal tossed around like toy things. The insides of cars are shattered.”

An eastbound Metro-North train derailed at 6:10 p.m. on Friday and was struck by a westbound train between the Bridgeport and Fairfield stations, National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener told reporters on Saturday.

Investigators from the NTSB arrived in Connecticut at about 9 a.m. on Saturday morning and planned to begin documenting the scene of the crash, Weener said. Investigators planned…

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