Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Plots New Big Band Record

Live LP with Danish Radio Big Band boasts Stones covers, standards

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts will release a live album with the Danish Radio Big Band featuring Stones covers, standards and more. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty

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 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.

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"