Wednesday, 9/22/10

by musicclipoftheday

Some performances are so full of energy and ideas and feeling—so full of life—you wish they’d never end.

Sonny Rollins (with Alan Dawson, drums; Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, bass); “Oleo” (excerpt), live, Denmark (Copenhagen), 1965

Often, as here, the heart of a jazz performance can be found in the interplay between horn and drums. Listen, for instance, to the way these two play off one another at :44-58.



More from the same performance (featuring drummer Alan Dawson).



Where did Tony Williams come from?

He began taking lessons from Alan Dawson, in Boston, when he was eleven years old.

At seventeen, he was playing with Miles Davis.


Want more of Sonny Rollins? Here. Here.