What’s In A Name? – “Carvin’ The Rock”

“The Rock” was what musicians, and others, called Riker’s Island, one of New York City’s large jail facilities. Drug problems caused quite a few musicians to be detained at “The Rock.” The only time Sonny Rollins recalls being detained at Riker’s with Elmo was for a portion of 1950, so, if pressed, he feels Carvin’ The Rock was written at that time. This would therefore be 3 years before the recording. There seems to be no word from Elmo as to when this composition was written. –Don Sickler


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