Twenty years after the initial album, a double album containing the rest of the releasable material from this magic night at the Village Vanguard was issued. With the recent re-discovery of the original tapes, the performance has been assembled as it happened and beautifully remastered by original engineer with superb depth of sound. Several of Sonny's stage announcements have been added to master for the first time.
Sonny Rollins, one of jazz's great tenors, is heard here at his peak with a pair of piano-less trios (either Wilbur Ware or Donald Bailey on bass and Elvin Jones or Pete La Roca on drums) stretching out on particularly creative versions of "Old Devil Moon," "Softly As in a Morning Sunrise," "Sonnymoon for Two," and "A Night in Tunisia," among. Not only did Rollins have a very distinctive sound but his use of time, his sly wit, and his boppish but unpredictable style were completely his own by 1957.
A Night In Tunisia (Live At The Village Vanguard, 1957, Evening Take). 4. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (Live At The Village Vanguard, 1957, Evening Take). 5. Four (Live At The Village Vanguard, 1957, Evening Take).
Sonny Rollins during the recording of A Night at the Village Vanguard. Francis Wolff/Blue Note Records. Sonny Rollins during the recording of A Night at the Village Vanguard. One of the greatest jazz albums ever made was recorded 60 years ago today. It's A Night at the Village Vanguard, a live date by saxophonist Sonny Rollins, featuring a muscular backdrop of bass and drums. What's remarkable about the legacy of Rollins' album is that both he and the Village Vanguard are still with us, 60 years on. This evening, the Fred Hersch Trio will be in the club, paying homage simply by bringing their best. As one who has played (and recorded) for many years at the Vanguard, I can attest that the sound of this record captures the acoustics of the club quite faithfully," Hersch said.
This album captures Sonny Rollins in his first concerts as leader of his own jazz combo, recorded at shows at the Village Vanguard in New York City on November 3, 1957. Rollins played afternoon and evening sets with different trio members; 18 songs performed that day are included here. While the illustrious Village Vanguard club has been the recording site of some 100 live jazz releases over the years, Rollins's was the very first. 192 kHz, 24-bit, 96 kHz, 24-bit PCM – Blue Note Records Studio Masters
On the album A Night at Birdland Vol. 1, Art Blakey introduced his 1954 cover version with this statement: "At this time we'd like to play a tune was written by the famous Dizzy Gillespie. As drummer of Rollins' trio on the afternoon set at the Village Vanguard on November 3 he became part of the important record A Night at the Village Vanguard (Originally only two of five recorded tracks with La Roca found their way on the album). In 1959 he recorded with Jackie McLean (New Soil) and in a quartet with Tony Scott, Bill Evans and Jimmy Garrison. Walter Theodore "Sonny" Rollins (born September 7, 1930) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist who is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians.
November 3, 1957 Village Vanguard, New York City. A Night In Tunisia I’ve Got You Under My Skin A Night in Tunisia Softly As In A Morning Sunrise Four Woody ‘n You Old Devil Moon What Is This Thing Caleld Love Softly As In A Morning Sunrise Sonnymoon for Two (Rollins) I Can’t Get Started I’ll Remember April Get Happy Striver’s Row (Rollins) All The Things You. Are Get Happy. Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone). Don Bailey (bass) Wiilbur Ware (bass). Pete LaRoca (drums) Elvin Jones (drums).
|A1||Old Devil Moon|
|A2||Softly As In A Morning Sunrise|
|B1||Sonnymoon For Two|
|B2||A Night In Tunisia|
|B3||I Can't Get Started|
- Distributed By – Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd.
- Recorded At – Village Vanguard
- Bass – Donald Bailey (tracks: B2), Wilbur Ware (tracks: A1 to B1, B3)
- Design [Cover] – Reid Miles
- Drums – Elvin Jones (tracks: A1 to B1, B3), Pete La Roca (tracks: B2)
- Liner Notes – Leonard Feather
- Photography By [Cover Photo] – Francis Wolff
- Producer – Alfred Lion
- Recorded By [Recording By] – Rudy Van Gelder
- Tenor Saxophone – Sonny Rollins
NotesRecorded live on November 3, 1957.
This label has been used from december 1957 up to the end 1959.
1st original mono issue has:
- deep grooved blue/white Blue Note Records labels with 47 West 63rd - NYC addess
- RVG stamped and "P" (otherwise wrongly called "ear") for Plastylite etched in the trail off
- front laminated cover with no address on back and blank spine.
|BLP 1581||Sonny Rollins||A Night At The "Village Vanguard" (LP, Album, Mono)||Blue Note||BLP 1581||US||1957|
|CDP 7 46517 2||Sonny Rollins||A Night At The "Village Vanguard" • Volume 1 (CD, Album, Mono)||Blue Note||CDP 7 46517 2||US||1987|
|TOCJ-1581, BN-1581||Sonny Rollins||A Night At The Village Vanguard (CD, Album, Mono, RE, RM)||Blue Note, Blue Note||TOCJ-1581, BN-1581||Japan||1996|
|JC-6017||Sonny Rollins||A Night At The "Village Vanguard" (CD, Album, RE)||Echo Industry Co., Ltd.||JC-6017||Japan||Unknown|
|BLP 1581||Sonny Rollins||A Night At The "Village Vanguard" (LP, Album, Mono)||Blue Note||BLP 1581||US||1966|