Saturday, September 22, 2007

Sonny Rollins - Newk's Time

( Naar de Nederlandse vertaling.)
On the 22nd of September, 1957, 50 years ago, Sonny Rollins recorded the album Newk's Time for Blue Note. It was his last studio album for Blue Note ( The 2CD A Night At The Village Vanguard was a registration of a live concert). He plays with a quartet, which is rather remarkable, as Rollins didn't like such a traditional bebop quartet concept. The band members are Sonny Rollins at the tenor saxophone, Wynton Kelly at the piano, Doug Watkins on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. He made a lot of great albums during that year: Way Out West, Sonny Rollins vol. 2, The Sound of Sonny, and of course this Newk's Time ( Newks is a nickname for Sonny Rollins); records that should be in your collection. I love The Surrey With The Fringe On Top, with Sonny Rollins and Doug Watkins in a great duet. Blues For Philly Joe has a great solo by Sonny Rollins.
I pointed you to the great 2CD titled A Night At The Village Vanguard, that was recorded the 3rd of November 1957 and, for me, is one of the best performances of the young Rollins. Some weeks after the A Night At The Village Vanguard recordings, Rollins had his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York. On the 29th of November 1957 he played there for the very first time, with his trio, featuring himself on the tenor saxophone, Wendell Marshall bass and Kenny Dennis on drums. In fact this was a benefit concert for the Morningside Community Center and during that evening the best of the best in New York jazz appeared on stage: Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Chet Baker, Zoot Sims, Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, whose concert was released two years ago as Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall.

Last Thursday, the 18th of September 2007, Sonny Rollins celebrated the 50th years birthday of this great event with a concert at Carnegie Hall with his band ( Sonny Rollins, saxophone - Clifton Anderson, trombone - Bobby Broom, guitar - Bob Cranshaw, bass- Kimati Dinizulu, drums ) and a special trio featuring himself on saxophone, Roy Haynes, drums and Christian McBride at the bass. During that concert Rollins planned to play the same songs as in 1957 and this 2007 Carnegie Hall concert will be released as a CD later, with both the 1957 as the 2007 versions.
Has anybody been in the audience at this special evening last Thursday, or maybe at the 1957 Carnegie Hall concert? Please share your review with us !!
I found three fragments I love to share with you. The first one is a fragment of a performance in the Singer Concertzaal in Laren ( in the center of the Netherlands) in February 1959 ( with Sonny Rolllins tenor saxophone, Henry Grimes bass and Pete LaRocca drums) playing Dream Weaver. The second fragment is a preview on the 2007 Rollins concert at Carnegie Hall like the last one, in which Rollins remembers the 1957 concert.



Time exposure for the 22nd of September:
1937:

  • let'er go = fletcher henderson o

1957:

  • asiatic raes / blues for philly joe jones / namely you / surrey with the fringe on top / tune up / wonderful = sonny rollins quartet

1967:

  • do it / easterly winds / frank's tune / nirvanna / on children / time for love = jack wilson sextet
Keep swinging

Hans Koert


keepswinging@live.nl

PLAYLIST
dexter gordon/the complete prestige recordings/CD 7-8 (2) = sonny rollins/newk's time = sol hoopii/master of the hawaiian guitar - volume 2 = hawaiian/78rpm compilation = jazz at the pawnshop/30th anniversary (dvd) = robert normann/the definitive collection-1938-41 vol. 1

Nederlands ( To the English translation )

Op de 22 september 1957, 50 jaar geleden, nam Sonny Rollins de plaat Newk's Time op voor Blue Note. Het was zijn laatste studioplaaat voor Blue Note ( De dubbelcd A Night At The Village Vanguard is een liveopname ). Hij speelt in Newk's Time ( Sonny Rollins bijnaam is Newk ) met een ritme trio, zonder andere blazers en dat was voor de nog jonge Rollins vrij opmerkelijk aangezien hij liever in een trio speelde, zonder piano. Het werd dus een vrij traditioneel bebop kwartet met Sonny Rollins op tenorsax, Wynton Kelly aan de piano, Doug Watkins op bas en Philly Joe Jones op slagwerk. Rollins maakte in 1957 verschillende schitterende albums: Way Out West - Sonny Rollins vol. 2 - The Sound of Sonny en daarbij hoort deze Newk's Time ook bij; een plaat die in je verzameling hoort te zitten. Zelf vind ik het duet tussen Sonny Rollins en Doug Watkins in The Surrey With The Fringe On Top een prachtig moment evenals Blues For Philly Joe waar Sonny Rollins een stevige solo neerzet.
Ik noemde al even de prachtige dubbelcd A Night At The Village Vanguard, die op 3 november 1957 werd opgenomen; het hoogtepunt in Rollins opnamen uit 1957 wat mij betreft. Op 29 november van dat jaar maakte Sonny Rollins zijn debuut in Carnegie Hall, met zijn trio ( hemzelf op tenorsax, Wendell Marshall op bas en Kenny Dennis op slagwerk ). In feite was deze avond een benefietconcert voor de Morningside Community Center en die avond traden op het podium van Carnegie Hall the best of the best uit de New York jazzscene op: Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Chet Baker, Zoot Sims, Sonny Rollins en Thelonious Monk en John Coltrane, wier opnamen een paar jaar geleden werden teruggevonden en uitgebracht op een succesvolle plaat: Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall.

Afgelopen donderdag, 18 september 2007 vierde Sonny Rollins de vijftigste verjaardag van het feit dat hij voor het eerst in Carnegie Hall optrad met zijn band ( Sonny Rollins op tenorsax - Clifton Anderson, trombone - Bobby Broom, gitaar - Bob Cranshaw op bas- Kimati Dinizulu op slagwerk ) en een speciaal trio met hemzelf op sax, Roy Haynes op drums en Christian McBride aan de bas. Tijdens dat concert werden dezelfde nummers gespeeld als in 1957 en dit 2007 Carnegie concert zal uitgebracht worden in een CD, waarop de uitvoeringen van beide concerten zullen staan ( 1957 - 2007) Is iemand van jullie bij dit concert anwezig gewest ( of misschien wel bij het 1957 concert?). Het zou schitterend zijn als we zouden kunnen vernemen hoe dat geweest is.
Ik vond drie fragmenten die ik wil laten zien. Het eerste is uit een concert, dat Sonny Rollins hield in februari 1959 in de Singer Concertzaal in Laren met een trio ( Sonny Rolllins tenorsaxofoon, Henry Grimes bas en Pete LaRocca slagwerk). Ze spelen het nummer Dream Weaver. Het twee fragment is een vooraankondiging vor het 2007 concert en in het laatste deel kijkt Rollins terug op de periode van 50 jaar geleden.


Tijdopname voor 22 september:
1937:
  • let'er go = fletcher henderson o

1957:

  • asiatic raes / blues for philly joe jones / namely you / surrey with the fringe on top / tune up / wonderful = sonny rollins quartet

1967:

  • do it / easterly winds / frank's tune / nirvanna / on children / time for love = jack wilson sextet

Keep swinging

Hans Koert


keepswinging@live.nl

SPEELLIJST
dexter gordon/the complete prestige recordings/CD 7-8 (2) = sonny rollins/newk's time = sol hoopii/master of the hawaiian guitar - volume 2 = hawaiian/78rpm compilation = jazz at the pawnshop/30th anniversary (dvd) = robert normann/the definitive collection-1938-41 vol. 1

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1 Comments:

Anonymous David W. said...

David W. wrote on Organissimo Jazz forums:

I went to the Carnegie Hall concert and was really lucky to get in and even luckier to hear this performance. I arrived 20 minutes late without a ticket and was shocked to see this long line for the willcall window and was informed the show was sold out as well. I ran into someone I know who knew someone who worked there and we were whisked right in and taken upstairs just in time to hear the trio start. It was a beautiful set, laid back and sublime. The interaction between the members of the trio especially between Roy and Sonny was incredible. The second half wasn't bad either. I've discovered over the years that if the group is loud the best chance you have of hearing things clearly is to sit upstairs and this night was no exception. It was a brief set though which was a bit of a surprise. Sonny sounded great but he is a little weaker than he has been in the past (he is 77 of course) and his sound is not as big as it's been in recent years. Still he played beautifully and I was glad to have caught this. Everyone was there. I saw Yusef Lateef, Paul Jefferey, Jimmy Heath, and Henry Grimes and heard Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Kenny Garrett and Dave Liebman were there among many others.
If I had to wait on that willcall line and missed most or all of the trio set, words can't describe how angry I'd be. I'd expect the folks at Carnegie Hall to pay Sonny to do it again but maybe at the Vanguard for a private show this time (this probably effected 100-200 people tops so one night, two sets should cover it)

David W. in Organissimo Jazz Forums

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