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After some great side work with Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, and The Modern Jazz Quartet, as well as few excellent albums as a band leader, Sonny Rollins became a jazz giant with 1956’s Saxophone Colossus. He’s front and center from the get-go, leading a quartet through his signature “St. Thomas,” which melds calypso rhythms with his singular style of extemporaneous riffing. Pure elegance follows, punctuated by a landmark version of “Moritat” (“Mack the Knife”), where he effortlessly turns the Three Penny Opera tune inside out.

Customer Reviews

Best Album Ever

So, so melodic and beautiful. Sonny Rollins is a genius and my favorite.

i'm shocked that someone who gave this album 1 star's review was not deemed inappropriate by itunes

this album is a triumph of the sax, you can go ahead and enjoy your motley crue, but don't grade down a masterpiece if you cant even appreciate real music

wow... 1 star?

Sonny Rollins is quite possibly the best sax player who ever lived.... just because you dont like actual music, doesn't give you the right to downgrade him. even now, in his old age, he could still probably solo you to death...


Born: September 7, 1930 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Sonny Rollins will go down in history as not only the single most enduring tenor saxophonist of the bebop and hard bop era, but also as one of the greatest contemporary jazz saxophonists of them all. His fluid and harmonically innovative ideas, effortless manner, and easily identifiable and accessible sound have influenced generations of performers, but have also fueled the notion that mainstream jazz music can be widely enjoyed, recognized, and proliferated. Born Theodore Walter Rollins in New York...
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