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Charlie Watts Meets the Danish Radio Big Band (Impulse!)

Rolling Stones' drummer revisits vintage Jagger/Richards material with a big band

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"Charlie Watts Meets the Danish Radio Big Band"
Charlie Watts & the Danish Radio Big Band: “Charlie Watts Meets the Danish Radio Big Band”

Any discussion of the Rolling Stones’ musicality quickly leads to the drumming skills of Charlie Watts, the band’s bedrock since its inception some 55 years ago. Steady and forceful but also imbued with an inherent swing, Watts is a lifelong jazz fanatic who’ll talk of Chico Hamilton, Art Blakey, Max Roach and Philly Joe Jones with the same enthusiasm Jagger and Richards bring to a discussion of Chuck Berry and Howlin’ Wolf.

At the outset of the Stones, before he made a working wage with his fellow Englishmen, Watts spent time in Denmark, where he played with any combo that would have him. In 2010 he returned to the country to team with the Danish Radio Big Band for a gig in Copenhagen, the results of which comprise this release.

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