Saxophone Colossusby Sonny Rollins
SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS is the essence of Sonny Rollins, the greatest living tenor saxophonist in jazz. Virile and virtuosic, Rollins practically strides through these classic performances, including his jubilant calypso theme song, "St. Thomas," the steaming bop romp "Strode Rode," a strutting "Moritiat" (better known as "Mack the Knife"), the sculptural "Blue Seven," and the wrenching, deep blue ballad "You Don't Know What Love Is." When he cut the album in 1956 at the tender age of 26, Rollins had already played with such masters as Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Clifford Brown; COLOSSUS was a stunning announcement to the world that the wunderkind was good and ready to step out on his own. Rollins couldn't have had a better crew onboard either: drummer, and former boss, Max Roach, pianist Tommy Flanangan, and bassist Doug Watkins -- a perfect hard bop unit. With SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS Rollins threw down the gauntlet; 40 years later, he's still the tenorman to beat.
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Performance CreditsSonny Rollins Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Max Roach Drums
Doug Watkins Bass,Upright Bass
Technical CreditsHannan Cover Design
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer,Liner Notes,Author
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
Nick Phillips Reissue Producer
Bob Weinstock Producer,Audio Production
Ralph J. Gleason Liner Notes
Martin Williams Liner Notes
Shigeo Miyamoto Engineer
Stuart Kremsky Reissue Producer,Reissue Production Assistance
Tom Hannan Cover Photo
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Two stars? Really? This is one of my absolute favorite jazz albums. Have this on CD and on LP (the LP is top quality and seems to provide a bit more detail and sound-stage on top-end equipment). Love it.
Simply put, this is one for the ages. It'll make you happy!