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"Must have" Rollins
on 10 August 2010
For some time now I have been up-dating the best of the vinyl LPs that I bought in the 1960s with CDs. "Saxophone Colossus" is one of those LPs; it is one of the half-dozen or so "must have" recording by Sonny Rollins.
The CD has been re-mastered by Rudy Van Gelder and, even though it was not, in 1956, originally recorded in stereo, it sounds brilliant and crystal clear.
This is a classic recording and, needless to say, Rollins is impressive throughout but particularly on "St. Thomas", "You Don`t Know What Love is", and "Blue 7". Other notable points are the drum solos of Max Roach,the magnificent walking bass of Doug Watkins, and the always reliable piano of Tommy Flanagan.
This is the very best of Rollins in his early period and no self-respecting lover of jazz should be without this CD.