December 20, 2013 – 12:56 pm

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Village Gate 1962 [no label, CD1 and 2 out of 6]

Live at the Village Gate; New York City, NY; July 27-28, 1962. Excellent soundboard.

Earlier in December 2013, Maurizio (u014945) shared at Dime the lossless version of the Sonny Rollins Quartet live at the Village Gate, July 27-30, 1962. Three tracks from these sessions were released on Our Man In Jazz.

Regarding Our Man In Jazz, directions commented at

If Sonny Rollins had continued in this direction, he might not have been eclipsed by John Coltrane as the most influential tenor saxophonist… Sonny Rollins has been deemed by critics to be at his best live (after seeing him live, I would support this). Also, with the members of Ornette Coleman’s groundbreaking quartet (except of course Ornette) backing him up, the album has the same manic energy and unpredictability of early free jazz. It still is grounded in hard bop, because Sonny Rollins while wanting to absorb the “new thing in jazz” was still somewhat of a traditionalist. However, this is his most creative and innovative playing and is a standout among the myriad of albums he has recorded.

Thanks to Maurizio for sharing the tracks.

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Disc 1
July 27, 1962
Oleo - Omitted*
Track 101. Unknown A 1:57 (3.3MB)
Track 102. Doxy 9:33 (16.0MB)

July 28, 1962
Set 1

Dearly Beloved - Omitted*
Doxy - Omitted*
Track 103. Solitude 15:21 (25.8MB)

Set 2
Track 104. Oleo 31:25 (52.8MB)
Track 105. St Thomas 22:29 (37.8MB)

Disc 2
Set 3
Track 201. Introduction/Lover 18:08 (30.5MB)
Track 202. Stay As Sweet As You Are/Alexander’s Ragtime Band 20:53 (35.1MB)
Track 203. Home Sweet Home 7:46 (13.0MB)
2 hours 8 mins

Sonny Rollins - tenor sax
Don Cherry - pocket trumpet
Bob Cranshaw - bass
Billy Higgins - drums

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  1. 15 Responses to “SONNY ROLLINS QUARTET - VILLAGE GATE 1962 (CD 1 and 2)”

  2. Thank you for all the treasures.

    By Rich Sigberman on Dec 20, 2013

  3. Mega thanks. Never been much a fan of Rollins’ studio work but always love the live stuff. Sound here is astounding, like sitting at a table at the front of the bandstand. Thanks so much bigo!

    By kingpossum on Dec 20, 2013

  4. what’s up…the music flavor on this site has gone way down….

    By Henry Rollins on Dec 21, 2013

  5. It seems pretty audacious to call this material Rollins’ best. Certainly, the statement must come from someone who has much to learn about jazz (Lesson one, The jazz sun does not rise and set in Coltrane’s sax bell. This is true only for jazz-ignorant rockers who fancy themselves to be experts, because they own a once-played copy of A Love Supreme.) I own and have listened to every bop and hard-bop CD ever released (more than 20,000), and, although this is good music, the presence of pocket trumpeter Don Cherry always seemed to drag down Sonny’s improvisations. He tried too hard to be “free jazz” or “new wave”, instead of playing straight bebop and hard-bop, as he was born to do. Also, while Billy Higgins was one of the finest drummers in jazz, Bob Cranshaw has always seemed to me to be as average as a bassist can be. Rollins is wildly unpredictable live (I’ve seen him live 12 times). He can be tedious one night and brilliant the next. On studio records, he at least maintains a basic level of virtuosity, and is often unassailably extraordinary. Saxophone Colossus, Way Out West, and Next Album are his three studio masterpieces, along with his work on Monk’s Brilliant Corners (he was perhaps the only tenor player alive who could have negotiated the near impossible twists of Monk’s title theme). Sonny’s finest live work is contained on the 2-CD Live At The Village Vanguard, with two different excellent pianoless rhythm sections. I appreciate any unissued jazz on this site, but it would be nice to hear some Bird or Grant Green or Sonny Stitt or anybody other than the so-called modernists once in a while.

    By Roky E. on Dec 22, 2013

  6. Henry Rollins, (chuckle) variety is the spice of life. Rock and Roll is cool, but the musical variety present on this site is cooler. Live a little. Open your ears and mind.

    By Roky E. on Dec 22, 2013

  7. Many thanks for these items in an extraordinary recording quality.I always loved this “free”, loose side of Rollins’playing.

    By Hartmut on Dec 22, 2013

  8. Great music. A huge expansion of my favorite Rollins record. Hardcore fans might want to pick up the unedited Dearly Beloved at the mohaoffbeat blog - an extra 10 min’s. Also Unknown A, in full 12 min version.

    By Jon-A on Dec 22, 2013

  9. Thanks to Maurizio and BigO for this posting. Thanks also to Jon-A for the head’s up on ‘mohaoffbeat blog’. I checked it out and they have a copy of a Rollins show I attended at the Bottom Line in 1987. I second Roky E.’s request for “some Bird or Grant Green or Sonny Stitt”. Just no David Sanborn. He is not a nice person.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Dec 23, 2013

  10. hey johnny kinkdom, bigo have offered shows with charlie parker and sonny stitt. look here: i was lucky enough to get this when it was offered. it got taken down cause apparently it was officially released. it does rule. i got every single miles that’s been offered till 1975. that’s all i’m really interested in.


    By Ed Saad on Dec 23, 2013

  11. also, negative on grant green. i’m a fan, though. a must have he plays on is lee morgan-search for the new land on blue note. i bought it twenty plus years ago on cd. i also have the japanese disc of herbie hancock-my point of view. grant green plays on it too. i have live at the lighthouse on tape recorded from the double lp. it’s too funky.

    a lee morgan offering would be lovely.

    i have stacks of his albums, art blakey and wynton kelly.

    By Ed Saad on Dec 23, 2013

  12. just bustin’no harm intended…everyone has there own spice of music to fill the void in there life to enjoy.

    By Henry Rollins on Dec 23, 2013

  13. hey for Christmas music lovers go out and buy the chris Holmes solo cd.

    By Henry Rollins on Dec 23, 2013

  14. not THE Henry Rollins, srly?

    By atrabilious on Dec 24, 2013

  15. thankyouthankyouthankyou

    This would have been my holy grail for three decades except I didn’t know it existed. I’d always heard the RCA routinely degaussed all unused outtakes from this era. Our Man In Jazz is my favorite Rollins album and to have the complete Village Gate run is pure manna. o

    By treborij on Apr 4, 2014

  16. Been on the lookout for this thanks.

    By Ernie47 on Jun 21, 2014

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