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Tim Ries Covers the Rolling Stones at Stockholm Jazz

Tim Ries, from CD cover.

Tim Ries is a highly accomplished saxophonist who has made two tours with the Rolling Stones. At this performance in Stockholm, Reis turns the tables and arranges Rolling Stones music for his jazz quintet, drawing a great response from the audience.

Lourdes Delgado

For their last two world tours, the Rolling Stones hired Tim Ries for their horn section. Tim also plays some keyboard parts. Like the jazzman that he is, Ries found himself yearning to stretch out on the songs. So in between tours, Tim and a trio spent a day in the studio doing just that.

When he played the results for the Stones, they loved the music. Keith Richards in particular played it over and over. Long story short: a CD is coming in August 2005 from Concord Jazz, with Tim Ries leading 24 other musicians including Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts, as well as Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow and two of the Stones' back-up singers in their music.

Like jazz, the Stones' music is a universal language, spoken worldwide. This time on JazzSet, hear Tim Ries' rocking acoustic band playing the music of the Rolling Stones to an outdoor crowd at the Stockholm Jazz Festival in Sweden. As host Dee Dee Bridgewater says, "Start me up!"

"Gimme Shelter"
"Paint It Black"
"Bellelli" for Tim's twin daughters
"Honky Tonk Women"
"Wild Horses" as the closer

Tim Ries - tenor and soprano
Vivian Sessoms - vocals
Jay Azzolina - guitar
Frank Amsallem - piano
James Genus - bassist
Greg Hutchinson - drummer


  • Tim Ries Site

  • Linda Wertheimer on the Stones' Tour

  • Tim Ries Stones Project at Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival

  • 2005 Stockholm Jazz Festival


    Recording by Radio Sweden, provided to NPR by the European Broadcast Union. The Festival Producer is John Nugent.

    Dee Dee Bridgewater's recording engineer is Ginger Bruner at KUNV Las Vegas.

    Our producer is Becca Pulliam, Technical Director Duke Markos, and executive producer Thurston Briscoe III, at WBGO Jazz 88 in Newark.

    Copyright 2007 NPR