December 21, 2013 – 5:51 pm

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Village Gate 1962 [no label, CD5 and 6 out of 6]

Live at the Village Gate; New York City, NY; July 30, 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.

Flac files directly from Web > TLH (sbe)

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 5
July 30, 1962
Set 1 and 2

Track 501. Introduction/Unknown 5 19:46 (33.2MB)
Track 502. Unknown 6 9:14 (15.5MB)
Track 503. Unknown 7 11:54 (20.0MB)
Track 504. Unknown 8 13:17 (22.3MB)

Disc 6
Set 3
Track 601. Introduction/Oleo 36:54 (62.0MB)
Track 602. Three Little Words 14:23 (24.2MB)
Track 603. Unknown 9 9:02 (15.2MB)

July 27, 1962 incomplete track complete version
Track 604. Sonny Rollins 4tet - Village Gate 1962-07-27 Unknown A 14:47 (24.8MB)
2 hours 10 mins

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

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