Charlie Watts - "Danish Radio Big Band" - 2010 Concert - It was Charlie's devotion to the art of Jazz that allowed him to work a job for 56 years that was not within the musical Kingdom of his true calling. He was a Jazz man at heart & The Stones Engine

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“CHARLIE WATTS- THE QUIET MAN AND HIS LOVE SUPREMERICH BUCKLAND’S EPIPHANY NOTEBOOK- It was Charlie’s devotion to the art of Jazz that allowed him to work a job for 56 years that was not within the musical Kingdom of his true calling. He provided the steady, educated, refined jolt required to make the Rolling Stones work. Make no mistake about about it. Charlie was the engine. It was his band. Mick and Keith dominated with dynamic Rock charisma and eventually, astounding writing skill. But these works required a special unit to deliver it’s message. For over five and one half decades Charlie quietly kept the faith and the message alive as he took the all important back seat with a working man’s dedication and pride in what his two hands could accomplish.. Watts was the elegance not even Altamont could diminish. I share the following from the pen of “All About Jazz” writer Nenad Georgievski for perspective and out of respect to the memory of Elvin Jones, Charlie Parker, Max Roach, Charlie Mingus, Gil Evans, Gene Krupa, John Coltrane, Ben Webster and of course, the finest percussionist to ever engage “popular” music with cosmic consequences aside from The Fab Four, Mr. Charlie Watts.

“Apart from his long stint as the drummer of one of the most successful and certainly the longest running rock and roll band in the world, it’s not a secret Watts’s true love has always been jazz and that he has always had a deep appreciation and admiration for this music which hasn’t been that much exploited by the press. During the ‘50s and ‘60s, Watts fell in love with jazz music through 78 rpm vinyls and the music of musicians like saxophonists Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Gerry Mulligan, trumpeter Miles Davis, to name but a few as well as the drummers they employed. Since then, he has been a passionate jazz aficionado whose knowledge about this music sits between the reverential and encyclopedic. During his sojourn with a marketing agency, he even penned an illustrated book about Charlie Parker as a tribute to him and has been collecting old drum sets used by drumming legends. During the day he would work at the agency and during the night he would play local gigs. And as many of his generation, he has learnt his trade both by listening to records and by observing jazz drummers in London’s jazz circles.

As a result, his drumming style has always been unorthodox and original. When he joined the Rolling Stones he used his jazz chops in order to invent his style of playing rock and blues rock that the Stones became known for and is the reason why he is so revered these days. When the Stones played in New York for the first time during their first American tour, he went to Birdland to see performances by his bassist Charles Mingus and saxophonist Sonny Rollins, and the latter would play years later with the Stones on a song named “Waiting on a Friend.”-

Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band: LIVE AT DANISH RADIO CONCERT HALL, COPENHAGEN, 2010 - Elvin Suite–Part 1; Elvin Suite–Part-2; (Satis)Faction; I Should Care; You Can’t Always Get What You Want; Paint It Black; Molasses. (51:49) Personnel: Charlie Watts, drums; David Green, bass; Gerard Presencer, conductor, flugelhorn; Per Gade, guitar; Anders Gustafsson, Christer Gustafsson, Thomas Kjaergaard, Mads La Cour, trumpets, flugelhorns; Vincent Nilsson, Steen Nikolaj Hansen, Peter Jensen, Annette Saxe, Jakob Munck Mortensen, trombones; Nicolai Schultz, alto saxophone, flute; Pernille Bevort, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute; Uffe Markussen, Lars Møller, tenor saxophone, clarinet; Pelle Fridell, baritone sax, bass clarinet; Steen Rasmussen, keyboards; Søren Frost, percussion, drums ; Kaspar Vadsholt, bass .

By Rich Buckland 08/24/2021 09:37 PM

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