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Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus LP 180 Gram Vinyl Prestige Mono Analogue Productions QRP USA

Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus LP 180 Gram Vinyl Prestige Mono Analogue Productions QRP USA Maximize
Artist: Sonny Rollins
Title: Saxophone Colossus
Catalog Number: Prestige LP 7079
Label: Prestige
Reissued by: Analogue Productions
Barcode: 753088707933
Original release year: 1956
Reissue year: 2022
Number of discs: 1
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Limited Edition: Yes
Total Item Weight: 348gr
Pressing country: USA
For Market Release in: USA
Added to catalog on: April 25, 2022
Collection: Analogue Productions Prestige (Mono)
Vinyl Gourmet Audiophile TOP 100: Yes
Note: Never eligible for any further discounts
Vinyl Gourmet Club: No


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Unit Price: 51,78 €

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One of the most important recordings of Sonny Rollins career, Saxophone Colossus from 1956 was the masterpiece that brought him full attention from critics and public alike as one of the major figures of the Tenor Sax elite. The contributions of Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins and Max Roach make this a landmark Prestige album. Audiophile remaster from Original Mono Master Tapes by Kevin Gray.



Included in the Penguin Guide to Jazz Core Collection List
Awarded a Crown in the Penguin Guide to Jazz

Featured in Vinyl Gourmet Audiophile TOP 100

  • Limited Edition
  • Analogue Productions Prestige Mono Series
  • 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
  • Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
  • Cut from Original Analog Mono Master Tapes
  • Plated by Gary Salstrom
  • Pressed at Quality Record Pressings (QRP USA)
  • Deluxe high-gloss tip-on album cover



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.

"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." - Scott Yanow, All Music




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

Track Listing:

1. Strode Rode
2. Blue 7
3. Moritat
4. St. Thomas
5. You Don't Know What Love Is


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