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Click on the link here for Audio Player – Sonny Rollins Trio – live in Aix-en-Provence – March 11, 1959 – Radio France International

Something special and historic this weekend. The legendary Sonny Rollins in one of his last appearances in 1959 before his self-imposed withdrawal from the scene for a period of introspection, regrouping and reappraisal. This one, a club date from Aix-en-Provence in France was fortunately recorded and later broadcast (and re-broadcast) by the venerable Radio France International on March 11, 1959.

Here’s who plays and what they play:

Sonny Rollins Trio – Live at Aix-en-Provence

01 Woody ‘n’ you

02 But not for me

03 Lady Bird


Sonny Rollins (sax)

Henry Grimes (b),

Kenny Clarke (dm)


March 11, 1959,

Despite the seemingly short set of 3 numbers, they play for almost an hour. So there’s a lot of exploring going on. And of course, the audience didn’t want them leave. Sonny finally having to tell the fans “Je suis Fatiguè”.

And listening some 54 years later, I didn’t want it to end either.

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