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Saxophone Colossus (Reissue)

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Album Review

Sonny Rollins recorded many memorable sessions during 1954-1958, but Saxophone Colossus is arguably his finest all-around set. Joined by pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Max Roach, Rollins debuts and performs the definitive version of "St. Thomas," tears into the chord changes of "Mack the Knife" (here called "Moritat"), introduces "Strode Rode," is lyrical on "You Don't Know What Love Is," and constructs a solo on "Blue Seven" that practically defines his style. Essential music that, as with all of Rollins' Prestige recordings, has also been reissued as part of a huge "complete" box set; listeners with a tight budget are advised to pick up this single disc and be amazed.

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...

Biography

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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