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Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus (Limited Edition, 180 Gram, Blue Vinyl) (LP)

Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus (Limited Edition, 180 Gram, Blue Vinyl) (LP)

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SKU: 54TH9A-07V3-00

  |  UPC: 889397006112

One of the pivotal recordings in bringing about the widespread acceptance of Sonny Rollins as a major figure, 1956's Saxophone Colossus inspired critics to write scholarly analysis and fans to revel in the hard-swinging invention, humor, and tender-strength balladry. Up to this album, while most musicians recognized Rollins as one of the new influential forces in the jazz of the '50s, most critics were carping at Rollins or damning him with faint praise. "St. Thomas," a traditional West Indian melody which Mal Waldron remembered as "The Carnival," was recorded by many artists after Sonny introduced it here, and it remains a jazz standard today. The contributions of Tommy Flanagan's elegant swing, Doug Watkins' steady lift, and Max Roach's most musical accompaniment and soloing (hear "Blue 7") make this a landmark album. Simply one of the greatest jazz albums of all time reissued on 180g, limited BLUE vinyl.

Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone
Doug Watkins, bass
Max Roach, drums
Tommy Flanagan, piano

  • Format: Vinyl
  • Limited Edition
  • Blue Vinyl
  • 180 Gram Pressing
  • Released: 12/06/2019
  • Genre: Jazz
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A1        St. Thomas    6:45
A2        You Don't Know What Love Is    6:28
A3        Strode Rode    5:13
B1        Moritat    10:04
B2        Blue 7    11:17

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Lane Pryce
Saxophone Colossus

Definitely Sonny Rollins at his classic best. Excellent LP.

Brian DeMartino
The only Sonny Rollins you need, honestly

I am not the biggest jazz aficionado, but I like to have it as background music, and they are great to have on vinyl as they tend to flow across the album without as much of the love this song/hate this song dynamic other genres can have. I would say this the one Sonny Rollins album you should have unless you are specifically a fan of his. Good background sound, but sophisticated enough you can listen intently. I personally don't think the rest of his catalog gives you the same quality, or gives you anything different enough to NEED those albums. This one is great though.