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Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins teams up with Doug Watkins, Max Roach and virtuoso pianist Tommy Flanagan in this excellent ground-breaking album from the colossus himself, Sonny Rollins. In this excellent hard bop album, we get calypso tunes, as well as the well-known ballad You don't know what love is, plus the blues Blue 7, where some claim that that is the song where Max Roach made his best performance ever, with lots of polyrhythms. The song lasts for 11 minutes, revealing lots of improvisational arts from both Sonny Rollins and Max Roach. This album is a must-have for any hard bop fan, or jazz fan at all. Probably the best record Sonny Rollins has made yet, surpassing both Way Out West and The Bridge (with Jim Hall). Rollins displays lots of playing intensity as well as humor and beauty. Can't say enough about this album, in fact, did you know that the all time marching band hit St. Thomas was originally made by Sonny Rollins for this recording. Go to the store and by this album !!!!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Sonny Rollins
  • CD Title: Saxophone Colossus
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 1956
  • Record Label: Unknown
  • Rating: Four Stars
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