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Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus


Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus

Analogue Productions (Prestige)


200 Gram LP  

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For sale individually and as part of Analogue Productions’ Prestige Mono Series

Cut from the analogue masters by renowned mastering engineer Kevin Gray

200-gram pressing by Quality Record Pressings has a flat edge profile and deep groove label, true to the original LP

Deluxe high-gloss tip-on album jacket


One of the pivotal recordings in bringing about the widespread acceptance of Sonny Rollins as a major figure, Saxophone Colossus inspired critics to write scholarly analyses 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’s steady lift, and Max Roach’s most musical accompaniment and soloing (hear "Blue 7") make this a landmark album.

Originally released in 1956

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

1.   Strode Rode
2.   Blue 7
3.   Moritat
4.   St. Thomas
5.   You Don't Know What Love Is
Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 3 person(s) rated this product.

Absolutely fabulous!

posted on 09/13/2014
5 Stars
Reviewer: Evan
This album is making me fall in love with my system all over again. Brilliant material, masterfully presented.

Doesn't get any Better!

posted on 03/26/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: SS
You probably know this album so you might be wondering how this pressing sounds. Excellent! I've never owned the mono release and it swings. The QRP pressing that I received is flawless and as with all the other Prestige mono releases that I have bought the album cover is beautiful and the record sounds terrific. Thirty dollars is a bargain for such a first class release.

Sounds so LIVE!!

posted on 03/23/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Mike
This is the best sounding version of this that i own, having not heard the 45 RPM, of course. I can only explain how wonderful this is like Sonny and crew with you in your room!! That good.. these new re-issue's rock!! Buy it!! The vinyl is dead quiet and no cracks or pops!!! QRP rocks the house!!!!

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