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Saxophone Colossus (Amazon Edition)

9 May 2011

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 17 Jun 2011
  • Label: Not Now Music
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Not Now Music Ltd 2011
  • Total Length: 1:50:05
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  • ASIN: B005490HV4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,493 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
This 2 CD set nicely and distinctively packaged has a total running time of approx 110 minutes. Of major interest to collectors of jazz sax is the Prestige Records album dating from 1956 entitled "Saxophone Colossus" on CD1 which with its 5 tracks and quartet setting of Sonny Rollis on tenor sax; Tommy Flanagan on piano; Doug Watkins on bass & Max Roach on drums established Sonny Rollins as a headline performer and recording artist. CD2 comprises the Blue Note album "Newk's Time" (1957) and Prestige Records "Tenor Madness" which predates the CD1 album by about a month and which is famous for showcasing John Coltrane & Sonny Rollins. The albums are a mix of Sonny Rollins own compositions (6) and interpretations of standards of the era. Listen out for his version of the Johnny Mathis hit "Wonderful, Wonderful" and the earlier "My Reverie". The sound quality is excellent. Informative liner notes by Michael Heatley. This is yet another great addition to the Not Now jazz catalogue that is building into something very big in the budget CD marketplace.
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71 of 79 people found the following review helpful By David Pearlman on 22 Mar 2012
Format: Audio CD
Great early sessions by Sonny Rollins. If you're even looking at this release, you already know that.

My review, and the 2 star rating, is based on the fact that this is another gray area copyright-expiration release. And my severe annoyance at the claim that this has been "digitally remastered." Oh really? Because the company that issued this doesn't have access to the master tapes. All they can do is take CDs that are already issued, legitimately, by his original record company, and use a graphic equalizer to mess around them to make them worse. You can do the same thing using treble/bass/midrange boost on your player.

This box is cheap, but so it should be, since the company issuing it doesn't have to pay royalties to the record company or to Sonny Rollins, who is still alive and assuredly could use the royalties.

All these gray market releases suck what's left out of the record biz and make it less likely that we'll ever see legitimate returns to the actual master tapes, and, in the case of a guy like Rollins, less likely that he'll even see returns for his own work.

Buy the box if you wish, but truthfully, the only difference between this and a download from the Internet is that here you get to pay a middleman who has nothing to do with the music.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Feb 2012
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When I was in my teens, in the late 1960s, I used to see a bald, paunchy, behatted figure somewhere in his thirties, twisted over a sax (usually of the soprano variety) on Waterloo Bridge near the South Bank Centre, playing for hours on end to the wind, to the Thames, and to young jazz lovers like me. I hope I managed to give lovely Lol Coxhill a few coins, for it was he.
Lol was and is an almost exact contemporary of Sonny Rollins, who has now turned eighty and is still playing, bless his beard. (So is Lol, as far as I know, and he was always well worth catching, beard or no beard.) The point is, Lol was a big fan of Rollins - as indeed who wouldn`t have been back then? - and his tenure on that bridge in London was no doubt as much inspired by the American`s nighttime sojourns on a similar bridge in New York in the early `60s as it was by the need to earn a precarious crust.
The three albums on this enterprising 2-disc bonanza from the NotNow label, who do this kind of blues & jazz repackaging rather well, are self-recommending, the more so if you already know how tremendous a force in jazz Sonny has been for the last sixty years or so. All three show the tenor man at his early peak, with an uncluttered, unsentimental, gently burnished tone, capable of caressing a ballad or swinging with the best on an uptempo workout.
Tommy Flanagan is the pianist on the marvellous Saxophone Colossus - you know from the first moments of St Thomas that you`re in safe hands, and each track is a gem -while Wynton Kelly fills the piano chair most eloquently on Newk`s Time. Playing piano on Tenor Madness is Red Garland. Three great pianists...
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Appleton on 24 Jan 2012
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Second to Kind Of Blue (yes, I'm predictable), this is my favourite jazz recording ever. Every track is brilliant. This is a nice edition too, with the addition of Newk's Time and Tenor Madness albums. Excellent sound quality, great remastering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kiffoker on 9 April 2012
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Brilliant. Absolute knockout music. Great at any time of day and night. It reaches the parts Heineken can't reach. Colossus hits the nail on the head.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Rice on 28 Jun 2012
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A timeless classic from one of the great masters of the tenor sax and what great value for money with the extra disc containing two more albums. Highly reccommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Smith on 23 April 2012
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This is a must for any collection, a timeless and wonderful recording by a true master musician of Jazz or any other musical genre.
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