Saxophone Colossus – Sonny Rollins


Vinyl LP

From Wikipedia:

Saxophone Colossus is the sixth studio album by American jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Perhaps Rollins’s best-known album, it is often considered his breakthrough record. It was recorded monophonically on June 22, 1956, with producer Bob Weinstock and engineer Rudy Van Gelder at the latter’s studio in Hackensack, New Jersey. Rollins led a quartet on the album that included pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Max Roach. Rollins was a member of the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet at the time of the recording, and the recording took place four days before his bandmates Brown and Richie Powell died in a car accident on the way to a band engagement in Chicago (Rollins was not travelling in the car carrying Brown and Powell). Roach appeared on several more of Rollins’ solo albums, up to the 1958 Freedom Suite album.

Saxophone Colossus was released by Prestige Records to critical success and helped establish Rollins as a prominent jazz artist.

In 2016, Saxophone Colossus was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or artistically significant”.

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A1 St. Thomas
Composed By – Sonny Rollins
A2 You Don’t Know What Love Is
Composed By – Don Raye, Gene DePaul
A3 Strode Rode
Composed By – Sonny Rollins

B1 Moritat
Composed By – Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill
B2 Blue Seven
Composed By – Sonny Rollins
B3 In a Sentimental Mood
Composed By – Duke Ellington ((Bonus Track))