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Sonny Rollins
Graz 1966 [no label, 1CD]
Live in Graz, Austria, June 1966 and November 12, 1966

The first two tracks are of particular interest because this is where Freddie Hubbard gets into a war of words with the audience, with the famed trumpet player letting fly a number of "muthaf...s."

Reacting to the heckling and whistling, Hubbard told the audience: "FUCK YOU WHITE MOTHERFUCKERS! FUCK YOU WHITE MOTHERFUCKERS! ("Go home!") Well okay, I'll go home. If you don't like me KISS MY ASS! That's right, cuz you jive, you JIVE, YOU JIVE! You white motherFUCKERS! YOU THE ONES WHO STARTED THIS SHIT! Lemme show you - you the ones - FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU, you white motherFUCKERS! {starts crying} If you don't like me kiss MY BLACK ASS! YOU MOTHERFUCKERS! {drums start} Fuck it, I won't do it!"

In an email, BigO reader Johannes Probst wrote: "I was talking to James Spaulding, who was in that group, and he remembered the night vividly. Hubbard was drunk and started cussing out the audience. So in the intermission the police kicked in the dressing-room door and took both Hubbard and Spaulding into custody. James was very angry with Freddie, because he had to spend the night in jail."

Apart from Sonny Rollins, Hubband and Spaulding, the lineup in this June 1966, Austrian gig is said to feature Jymie Merritt and Ronnie Mathews.

The other three tracks feature Sonny Rollins, Max Roach and Jymie Merritt at a show in Graz, Austria on November 12, 1966.

Thanks to Bluenote2006 for sharing these tracks. According to Bluenote2006: "The sound is too good for an audience source in 1966. At least I think. It may be a second generation SBD."

As lgotrich noted in a post on the internet: "Once you get over the tape hiss, this is a spectacular show. Some of Sonny’s most primal wailing."

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality, stereo MP3s - sample rate of 192 kibit/s). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released.

These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at mybigo@bigozine.com if you want to download these tracks at a later time.

 
Track 01 Nommo (Merritt) (Some dropout for about 20 seconds) (11.4MB)
Track 02 Drum Solo (5.4MB)
Track 03 Love Walked In (14.6MB)
Track 04 Lover (25.3MB)
Track 05
Poinciana (24.8MB)

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