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A Night At The Village Vanguard (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)
 
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A Night At The Village Vanguard (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)

2 Sept. 1999 | Format: MP3

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9:03
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6:43
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8:26
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8:29
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0:36
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Disc 2
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14:03
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8:46
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4:54
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9:20
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9:08
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4:40

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 2 Sept. 1999
  • Release Date: 2 Sept. 1999
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1999 Blue Note Records
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  • Total Length: 2:11:56
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  • ASIN: B001LYUNQU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,805 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By MikeG on 6 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
At some point in 1956 Sonny Rollins developed from being a promising new voice on the tenor saxophone to one of the great jazz improvisers. From then until his temporary withdrawal from the jazz scene at the end of the decade he produced a series of fine recorded sessions, including a classic album aptly titled ‘Saxophone Colossus’. Whether or not this Village Vanguard recording is one of the best of these, it is valuable for capturing Rollins in good form in a live setting accompanied only by bass and drums. Of additional interest is that the drummer was another jazz colossus treading his own path to greatness: Elvin Jones.
As these were live sessions, it’s not surprising if some of Sonny’s playing is more diffuse than in the more tightly constructed pieces on his studio albums from this period. Nevertheless there is a lot of inspired and energetic playing here. Tracks such as “Sonnymoon for Two”, “Softly as in a Morning Sunrise” and “A Night in Tunisia” are often singled out as highlights; but I haven’t yet come across any appreciation of “What Is This Thing Called Love?” as the most remarkable track. It reminds me of two other Rollins classics: “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (on the earlier album, ‘Worktime’) and “Three Little Words” (‘Sonny Rollins on Impulse’ – 1965). Like them it shows Sonny paring down and reconstructing a well-known standard with characteristic resourcefulness and wit, playing with motifs from the tune and with time and phrasing, and managing to sound both supremely relaxed and intensely concentrated at a moderately fast tempo.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By T. Clark on 11 May 2002
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As we know, he doesn't need a piano player and all his best recordings are effectively a two way sax/drums dialogue. Not quite up to the standard set on Saxophone Colosuss with Max Roach, this has a young Elvin Jones still perfecting the style that would make him a legend with Coltrane. Sonny himself is in his usual form from this period when he was still the master and Coltrane the pretender waiting in the wings. Wilbur Ware on bass brings a unique contribution to Sonny's music as he did with Monk's. The live atmosphere is fantastic, the remastered sound is very good for the period, and what more can you ask for than 2 hours of Sonny blowing his sax? But beautiful....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allan Mcfadyen on 8 Aug. 2013
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This is some fine playing from a saxophone colossus and anyone with the slightest interest in hard bop jazz should have no hesitation in adding this gem to their collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 May 2013
Format: Audio CD
This excellent 2-CD set by the great tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins was recorded live at the Village Vanguard, New York City during the afternoon and evening of Sunday, November 3, 1957.
Most of the sixteen tracks feature a pianoless trio Of Rollins with bassist Wilbur Ware and drummer Elvin Jones who are replaced by Donald Bailey(bass) & Pete LaRoca(drums) on a couple of matinee tracks.
Rollins is at the peak of his creative powers and highlights include wonderful treatments of 'Old Devil Moon', 'Softly As In A Morning Sunrise'(2 versions) plus Rollins' 'Sonnymoon For Two'.
The marvellous music plus an atmospheric club recording and Sonny's announcements make this RVG Edition an indispensable item in any modern jazz collection.
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