In the spring of 1967, Sonny Rollins went on a European tour with two of his favorite musicians, bassist Ruud Jacobs and drummer Han Bennink. During one May week in the Netherlands, the trio took part in a televised performance at the Go-Go Club in Loosdrecht, a concert at the Arnhem Academy of Visual Arts, and a recording session at VARA Studio 5 in Hilversum. Although each one of these appearances was documented on tape, none of the recordings were ever publicly heard—until now. On December 4, in partnership with the Nederlands Jazz Archief and with Rollins’ own official sanction, Resonance Records will issue the two-CD Rollins in Holland: The 1967 Studio & Live Recordings, the archival label’s first release by the tenor saxophone legend. (A limited-edition three-LP version of the album will be available at independent retailers for Record Store Day’s Black Friday on November 27.)
JazzTimes is honored to premiere a mini-documentary that tells the story behind the three May 1967 recordings and their recent rediscovery. Interviewees include Rollins and the late Jacobs (both audio only), Bennink, Dutch jazz journalist/producer Frank Jochemsen, and Resonance’s Zev Feldman.
Also featured in the video is JT contributor Aidan Levy, who’s currently writing Rollins’ authorized biography—scheduled to be published by Da Capo Press in 2022—and who contributed to the new album’s extensive liner notes. An exclusive interview by Levy with Rollins about the Holland recordings and more will appear in the January/February 2021 issue of JazzTimes.