Sonny Rollins: Copenhagen, 1968

On February 19, 1968, tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins was in Copenhagen at the Cafe Montmartre, the city’s most historic jazz club. Sonny was in fantatic form and backed by a stunning trio—pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and drummer Albert Heath. The following video went up last month and, to be frank, it is among the finest performances by Sonny that I’ve seen on tape. [Image of Sonny Rollins from YouTube]

Here’s the Sonny Rollins Quartet during what must have been a rehearsal for the club date that evening. The group was filmed for Danish TV playing On Green Dolphin Street, St. Thomas and Four