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5.0 out of 5 stars pure rollins, 15 Dec 2008
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Dennis Baron (Lancashire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jazz Icons - Sonny Rollins - Live In '65 And '68 [DVD] [1965] [2008] (DVD)
In January 1965 I saw Sonny Rollins at Ronnie Scott`s Old Place. I remember the tremendous swing that he generated and, at 3am, a forty minute version of St. Thomas. This DVD in the magnificent Jazz Icons series recaptures that night perfectly. The first part of the DVD was recorded at Tivoli Hall,Denmark,in October 1965 and is pure Rollins at his absolute best.
The set commences with "There will never be another you" in which Rollins produces a complex rhythmic solo, followed by Neils-Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass and Alan Dawson on drums. This is followed by St. Thomas with Rollins playing staccato phrases close to the melody and chord progressions. The highlight of this Tivoli Hall recording is the twenty five minutes of track three in which Rollins` free flowing style changes tunes and tempos without any pauses. Alan Dawson`s drum solo on "Oleo" slows down the tempo and instead of returning to the them Rollins goes into "Sonnymoon for two". Most of his solo is double tempo and includes an extended passage overblown in twelths.
The second part of the DVD was recored, without an audience, at the Dan mark Television studio in 1968. Although it is a very good session, capturing Rollins` tenor sax sound very well, it is far more controlled than the Tivoli Hall concert because of the restricted recording time.
I have never seen any othe DVD recording that captures the immediacy of a Rollins performance and I would recommend this Jazz Icons DVD, along with the Dexter Gordon, to every student of jazz saxophone.
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