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( 1957 ) - 2012 EU reissue on 180g vinyl LP = 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 chang
Release date: 06-11-2012 (Originally released in 1957)
2012 EU reissue on 180g LP = one of Sonny's most acclaimed works. Also features Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins and Max Roach. 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. Essential music that, as with all of Rollins' Prestige recordings, has also been reissued as part of a huge "complete" box set; listeners with a tight budget are advised to pick up this single disc and be amazed.
A1 St Thomas
A2 You Dont Know What Love Is
A3 Strode Rode
B1 Die Moritat ("Mack the Knife")
B2 Blue 7
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 Fifties, 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 Flanagans elegant swing, Doug Watkinss steady lift, and Max Roachs most musical accompaniment and soloing (hear "Blue 7") make this a landmark album.
Label: Wax Time
Originally released: 1956
This release: 2012