Saxophone Colossus

Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
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1956 Ratings: #1
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December 1, 1956 / Release Date
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N0stalgia
85
The title of Sonny Rollins 6th studio album is quite fitting as it's hard not to feel like this is a colossal album. It's a wholly engaging hard bop experience with fantastic and lively performances from Sonny Rollins as well as the rest of the talented musicians who supported him on this release, most notably Max Roach, who's drumming repertoire has grown to be one of my favourites of the jazz era. It features an array of both original compositions as well as a few standards, most notably an ... read more
Doublez
94
[I invite you to read my review of Sonny Rollins' 1956 album "Plus 4" to better understand and have more details about it]
While he was struggling to make a living from his music alone, Sonny Rollins had just released an excellent album "Plus 4" which is in fact his first big hit as a sideman (but also the very good Work Time and Tenor Madness). In full inspiration and to continue in his momentum, he went into Rudy Van Gelder's studio with producer Bob Weinstock in New ... read more
EarCandy
76
I am always amazed at how the Jazz artists of the 60s and 70s had such incredibly strong discography's. These artists catalogs boast so many exceptional albums it is mind blowing. A few artists that come to mind are Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Cecil Taylor, and many, many others...but

The artist i am going to talk about today is none other than Sonny Rollins, who alongside John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley changed the face of Jazz through the instrument the ... read more
DEEPSLEEP
83
Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads. Here is a man who would not take it anymore. A man who stood up against the scum, the cunts, the dogs, the filth, the shit. Here is a man who stood up.
JayCrackers
90
St. Thomas might be one of the most amazing jazz records but honestly Max Roach doesn't steal so much of the spotlight from Sonny Rollins on this record, he is near flawless here

Track Review

St. Thomas 10/10
You Don't Know What love Is 9/10
Strode Rode 8.5/10.
Moritat 8.5/10.
Blue 7 9/10

Average: 9.0/10
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Added on: August 7, 2014