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Sonny Rollins: A Night At The Village Vanguard

Sonny Rollins

Blue Note, 1957

The Saxophone Colossus Sonny Rollins had already recorded three Blue Note studio dates for Alfred Lion—Sonny Rollins, Sonny Rollins, Vol. 2, and Newk’s Time—by the time he walked down the stairs of the Village Vanguard on November 3, 1957 to record his first-ever live album, as well as the first-ever live album to be recorded at the iconic New York City jazz club: A Night at the Village Vanguard. Rollins’ tour-de-force live trio album was predominantly captured at the evening set featuring Wilbur Ware on bass and Elvin Jones on drums with two pieces coming from the afternoon set featuring Donald Bailey on bass and Pete La Roca on drums.

Tracklist


Disc 1

Side A

  1. Introduction
  2. Old Devil Moon
  3. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
  4. Striver’s Row

Side B

  1. Sonnymoon For Two
  2. A Night In Tunisia
  3. I Can’t Get Started

Disc 2

Side A

  1. A Night In Tunisia (Evening Take)
  2. I’ve Got You Under My Skin

Side B

  1. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (Alternate Take)
  2. What Is This Thing Called Love

Disc 3

Side A

  1. All The Things You Are
  2. Introduction
  3. Woody ‘N You
  4. Four

Side B

  1. I’ll Remember April
  2. Get Happy
  3. Get Happy (Short Version)

Credits

This expanded 3-LP Tone Poet Vinyl Edition of A Night at the Village Vanguard: The Complete Masters marks the first time Rollins’ complete recorded performances from the Vanguard are available in a single vinyl package. Produced for release by Joe Harley, the vinyl is all-analog and cut directly from Rudy Van Gelder’s never-before-used original 7.5ips master tapes by Kevin Gray. Pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI, the three LPs come packaged in a deluxe tip-on trifold jacket which includes a booklet with never-before-seen photos by Francis Wolff; insightful essays by esteemed critics Nate Chinen and Bob Blumenthal; an excerpt from Aidan Levy’s authoritative Rollins biography Saxophone Colossus which provides a riveting behind-the-scenes account of the volatile circumstances surrounding the recording; and a fascinating new interview with Rollins himself reflecting upon the album in conversation with Blue Note President Don Was.

Tracklist


Disc 1

  1. Introduction
  2. Old Devil Moon
  3. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
  4. Striver’s Row
  5. Sonnymoon For Two
  6. A Night In Tunisia
  7. I Can’t Get Started
  8. A Night In Tunisia (Evening Take)
  9. I’ve Got You Under My Skin

Disc 2

  1. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (Alternate Take)
  2. What Is This Thing Called Love
  3. All The Things You Are
  4. Introduction
  5. Woody ‘N You
  6. Four
  7. I’ll Remember April
  8. Get Happy
  9. Get Happy (Short Version)