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.

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lagniappe

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

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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.

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Want more of Sonny Rollins? Here. Here.