September 14, 2013 – 4:49 am

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Copenhagen 1968 [Moon MCD 037-2, 038-2; 2CD]

Live at the Cafe Montmartre, Copenhagen, Denmark; September 6, 1968. Very good soundboard.

This is what Mark S. Tucker wrote about Sonny Rollins live in the studio in Denmark in 1968, which also helps to shed some light on the Cafe Montmartre set:

Watching Rollins, one easily understands why true jazz lovers must fail to be satisfied by the likes of David Sanborn or Grover Washington. The difference is night and day. Dave and Grover provide entertainment, Sonny makes art, constantly, without let, and written in glyphs as would impress the gods and goddesses. The addition of the highly articulate Kenny Drew on piano in the ‘68 gig only widens the parameters, giving Rollins more to invent against… No matter where you cut in on this extravaganza, it’s quickly obvious that the music here is timeless. Rollins has no equal save perhaps for Coltrane (and Sam Rivers partisans will howl, but what the heck) and it isn’t likely anyone’s going to top or match him in the near future.

Thanks to the person who shared these tracks on the net in 2007. Thanks also to LiborioFriki for the artwork (modified slightly here), posted at musictravellerstwo.blogspot.

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Disc 1
Four 47:55 (arbitrarily split into three tracks for easier access)
Track 101. Part A (25.3MB)
Track 102. Part B (20.1MB)
Track 103. Part C (35.1MB)
Track 104. Naima 10:31 (17.7MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Three Little Words 31:52 (53.6MB)
Track 202. St Thomas 3:02 (5.1MB)
Track 203. SonnyMoon for Two 19:39 (33.0MB)
Track 204. Medley 2:09 (3.6MB)
Track 205. When Lights Are Low 0:58 (1.6MB)

Sonny Rollins - tenor saxophone
Kenny Drew - piano
Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson - bass
Albert “Tootie” Heath - drums

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  1. 14 Responses to “SONNY ROLLINS - COPENHAGEN 1968”

  2. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Sep 14, 2013

  3. Listening as we speak, and I gots to say, this is classic Sonny. Just amazing. Thanks Big O. Sonny Rollins, in my opinion, is a million times better live. And this recording (excellent sound) backs me up.

    By Hudson Valley Slim on Sep 14, 2013

  4. Orsted Pederson.. Oscar Peterson’s long lost Danish cousin?

    By Damon on Sep 14, 2013

  5. Very Cool… looking forward to hearing this.. Thanks BigO!

    By Tom on Sep 14, 2013

  6. The name of the famous danish bass player is Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen to be very precise (poor guy having to make an international career with that collection of letters :-)). Know because he is danish like me, and one of Jazz bigger heroes in the rhytm section at that…..Died 2005 from a heart attack, unfortunately. Left behind a large number of records and participated in countless shows across the world.
    You will hear him as bass player on a lot of the international jazz events from Jazzhus Montmartre in the 60′ies.

    By Henning on Sep 15, 2013

  7. Many just abbreviated his name NHOP. A virtuoso on the bass.

    By MrBill on Sep 16, 2013

  8. Stellar lineup! Can’t wait to hear it. Still going at age 83, long live Sonny!

    By BillfromPgh on Sep 16, 2013

  9. Thanks for this history lesson from a living legend. Nice touch with the Sanborn slam. There is no accounting for popular taste sometimes. Stay safe and well.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Sep 16, 2013

  10. hey bigo, thanks! i don’t have a lot of sonny rollins just the graz, austria show you offered where freddie hubbard is drunk. years ago i found a show from paris with don cherry, henry grimes and eddie blackwell. it’s a good one. i’d say it’s borderline avant.

    other than sonny rollins and miles-fillmore auditorium show you offered in january, i haven’t downloaded much jazz this year. offer a sun ra show. i got a killer one in a trade that came from dime that’s four discs! it’s from soundscape in new york. it’s too heavy. i have other ra’s on cd-r’s that came from dime and all the shows you offered in my library. i saw one in flac on a site, but i don’t know how you download it. i’ll post the link next message, if i can find it. maybe you know.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 17, 2013

  11. i can’t find it now, bigo, but i remember it was from cleveland. i found these links. more than likely they are boots:


    By Ed Saad on Sep 17, 2013

  12. Big O,
    This is some awesome Sonny. Anything ’50s or ’60s from Mr. Rollins just kills me. He is a giant. Thank you!

    Hey Ed, here’s the setlist of a 4 CD show on sugarmegs as well; sounds like what you have maybe? I’m not sure of the quality.

    By dirkbill on Sep 19, 2013

  13. hey dirkbill, yes, i have that one, but the one above is from cleveland which i don’t have. i found a link on boots daily, and i have tried to post it twice here and nothing.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 19, 2013

  14. thanks, big-O! sonny is great!


    By I-) on Sep 24, 2013

  15. I’d heard about this epic 40+ minute version of Four…so am looking forward to taking the ride.

    By Christopher Jentsch on Mar 25, 2014

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