Sonny Rollins : Saxophone Colossus

Sonny Rollins : Saxophone Colossus

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

Prestige 7079

Analogue Productions - Quality Records : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Strode Rode
A2 - Blue 7
A3 - Moritat
B1 - St. Thomas
B2 - You Don't Know What Love Is

Recorded on June 22, 1956 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey.

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.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige mono reissues from Analogue Productions, 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All mastered from the original analogue master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at state-of-the-art plant Quality Record Pressings and plated by Gary Salstrom. Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock.