Rolling Stones Drummer Meets the Danish Radio Big Band

A different adventure for one of the members of The Rolling Stones.

Taken from Fox News Radio 03 / 30 / 17

Edition and adaptation by Toni Basanta from Fairfax, Vermont, EUA

FOX’s Laura Ingle reports:

“Just when Rolling Stones fans thought they had heard all renditions of ‘Satisfaction’, a Jazzy version of the classic tune will be released April 21 by the band’s own drummer Charlie Watts.  The song was recorded seven years ago.

Watts teamed up with Danish Radio Big Band and made the live recording in 2010 after just four rehearsals. The LP features standards originals and Rolling Stones covers and is appropriately titled ‘Charlie Watts Meets the Danish Radio Big Band’.

Fans of the British drummer know that Watts has been a lifelong Jazz fan and that he got his start converting an old banjo with a skin covering into a snare drum.

The seven-track LP will also feature Jazz renditions of  ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ and ‘Paint It Black’.

She’s  Laura Ingle, FOX  News.


Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts will release a new live album with the Danish Radio Big Band featuring standards, originals and Rolling Stones covers. Charlie Watts Meets the Danish Radio Big Band arrives April 21st via Impulse! /Verve  Labels and is available to pre-order.

Watts and the Danish Radio Big Band recorded the LP in 2010 at the Concert Hall of Denmark in Copenhagen after just four days of rehearsals. The seven-track album boasts a Bossa Nova-inspired take on the Stones’ “Satisfaction,” renditions of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “Paint It Black” and a version of Watts’ 2000 piece with the Jim Keltner Project, “Elvin Suite.”

Watts’ relationship with Jazz is fittingly inextricable with Denmark. Before the Rolling Stones took off,  Watts traveled to Denmark for his day job and embedded himself in the country’s flourishing Jazz and Blues scene while he was there.

charlie-watts-rolling-stones-drummer-plots Jazz project w D R B B

Throughout his career, the drummer has worked on numerous jazz side projects. In 1986, he released a record with the 32-piece Charlie Watts Orchestra and during the Nineties crafted several LPs with the Charlie Watts Quintet.

That outfit expanded into a Tentet in 2004, while more recently he formed a group,  the ABC & D of Boogie Woogie,  with pianists Axel Zwingenberger and Ben Waters and bassist Dave Green.

Last year, the Rolling Stones released their first album in 11 years, Blue and Lonesome, a collection of Blues covers.

Charlie Watts Meets the Danish Radio Big Band Track List

1. “Elvin Suite, Pt. 1”
2. “Elvin Suite, Pt. 2”
3. “(Satis) Faction”
4. “I Should Care”
5. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
6. “Paint It Black”
7. “Molasses”


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