Sonny Rollins records ‘A Night at the Village Vanguard,’ an album for Blue Note (1957)

Sonny Rollins‘ ‘A Night at the Village Vanguard’ is an album recorded on November 3, 1957 and released the same year by Blue Note.

Track Listing : 1.Old Devil Moon (E.Y. Yip Harburg, Burton Lane) – 07:43 . 2.Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise (Oscar Hammerstein Ii, Sigmund Romberg) – 06:39 . 3.Striver’S Row (Sonny Rollins) – 05:50 . 4.Sonnymoon For Two (Sonny Rollins) – 07:30 . 5.A Night In Tunisia (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli) – 07:43 . 6.I Can’T Get Started (Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin) – 04:00

Francis Wolff

Musicians : Sonny Rollins – Tenor Saxophone . Don Bailey – Double Bass On (5) . Pete Laroca – Drums On (5) . Wilbur Ware – Double Bass Except (5) . Elvin Jones – Drums Except (5)

Reid Miles

Production : Produced By Alfred Lion . Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer

Package : Leonard Feather – Liner Notes . Francis Wolff asterisques RVM – Photography . Reid Miles asterisques RVM – Cover Design

Recorded On November 3, 1957 At The Village Vanguard In New York City.

Released In 1957 By Blue Note.

(Source Sonny Rollins – A Night at the Village Vanguard | Official Site)


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The Vanguard performances have been studied by generations of jazz musicians eager to learn the art of extended improvisation. Asked to look back on them decades later, Rollins downplayed their significance. “I always thought of myself as a work in progress. To me that was just another date.” […]

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All of this is dryly technical, but the music is not. This is virile and daring music performed with the hubris of youth and genius. The nakedness of the Tenor Trio is justly daunting. But, to masters of this ilk, the trio format offers that additional dimension of creativity— finding what is important in melody and harmony. […]

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Some might say they are giving the song the blitzand that’s not necessarily untrue, but what’s crucial to the understanding of why A Night at the Village Vanguard is a canonical classic amid classics is that nothing insensitive is occurring. […]


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