MVD Entertainment Group will re-issue another one of documentarian Robert Mugge’s music-based docs this summer.
The independent entertainment company will re-issue Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus Aug. 4 on DVD and Blu-ray. The program, which has been released at least twice already on DVD since 1999 by two other independent companies, focuses on two key performances by Rollins – May 18, 1986 performance at Tokyo Koseinenken Hall and Aug. 24, 1986 at Opus 40 Sculpture Park in New York.
The first performance was actually the second performance by Rollins and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra at the famed Tokyo concert hall on the same day. The first concert on the day was recorded by a local Japanese television station. A local Japanese radio station recorded the second concert alongside Mugge and his limited film crew.
The second performance was recorded in a more laid back setting with Rollins joined by a much smaller group of musicians—Bob Crenshaw (bass), Clifton Anderson (saxophone), Mark Soskin (piano) and Marvin “Smitty” Smith (drums)—in the public park. Mugge’s film crew for this concert was larger than that used to record his performance earlier in the year in Japan.
Four 16-mm cameras were used for Rollins’ New York performance along with a 24-track recording truck. The sound recorded at the Tokyo performance was taken from the Japanese radio station that recorded that concert alongside Mugge and company, while the show was captured on film by only two camera operators.
Along with the primary concert footage, Saxophone Colossus also features in-depth discussions by Rollins himself on a variety of topics including his own development as an artist and his wife Lucille’s role as his manager, producer and wife among many other topics.
Audiences can view a trailer for the upcoming re-issue online now here and can pre-order the program online via the MVD Shop and Amazon. Both the DVD and Blu-ray are listed as retailing for MSRP of $19.95 on both sites.
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