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Saxophone Colossus [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Sonny Rollins Audio CD
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Sonny Rollins is a saxophone colossus. The revered tenor saxophonist first received that appellation via the name of his 1956 Prestige Records album. Even then, at age 26, the title seemed fitting. He had already played and/or recorded with bebop giants Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and J.J. Johnson—and had established himself as the prominent young voice on ... Read more in Amazon's Sonny Rollins Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Not Now Music
  • ASIN: B003RAKMO4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,512 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. St. Thomas
2. you dont know what love is
3. Strode rode
4. Moritat
5. Blue Seven
Disc: 2
1. Tune up
2. Asiatic rules
3. the surrey with the fringe on top
4. Wonderful! Wonderful!
5. Namely you
6. Blues for philly joe
7. Tenor madness
8. When your lover has gone
9. Paul's pal
10. My reverie
See all 11 tracks on this disc

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Few musicians can claim to rival John Coltrane in the tenor saxophone stakes, let alone to have looked him in the eye across a stage or studio floor. Sonny Rollins is one of those rare and talented men. His desire to push boundaries has kept him at the top for more than half a century: in critic John Fordham's words, 'the drive constantly to remake new music out of old is part of the spirit of jazz - and Rollins remains a dazzling exponent'. Sonny Rollins' trademark enthusiasm and experimentation is apparent in every note he plays: enjoy this collection of classic recordings from his first golden period.

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A defining album plus lots more... 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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69 of 77 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Before the bridge 25 Feb 2012
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Second best jazz recording ever 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful record 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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