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Saxophone Colossus (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster)

Sonny Rollins, Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins, Max Roach

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"A truly flawless album representing bop at its best ..."
- Encyclopedia of Popular Music

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1
St. Thomas (Album Version)
Sonny Rollins; Tommy Flanagan; Doug Watkins; Max Roach
6:49
2
You Don't Know What Love Is (Album Version)
Sonny Rollins; Tommy Flanagan; Doug Watkins; Max Roach
6:31
3
Strode Rode (Album Version)
Sonny Rollins; Tommy Flanagan; Doug Watkins; Max Roach
5:17
4
Moritat (Album Version)
Sonny Rollins; Tommy Flanagan; Doug Watkins; Max Roach
10:05
5
Blue 7 (Album Version)
Sonny Rollins; Tommy Flanagan; Doug Watkins; Max Roach
11:17
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    39:59
"... another milestone of the Rollins discography, a recording repeatedly cited as Rollins' chef d'oeuvre, and one of the classic jazz albums of all time".
- Sonny Rollins: The Definitive Musical Guide

"... the high point of the astonishing creative breakout he made in 1956."
- The Guardian

"The debate over who can lay claim to the title of greatest saxophone player and improviser of the jazz era goes to higher stakes with this album."
- JazzReview.com

One of the most celebrated and successful albums in the history of jazz, Saxophone Colossus from 1956 showcases Sonny Rollins and his quartet at their peak. Includes St. Thomas, Rollins's signature song and one of the most recognized tunes in instrumental jazz. The members of the quartet brought their own special magic to this album: Tommy Flanagan on piano, bassist Doug Watkins and the incomparable Max Roach on drums. The title of this album became so identified with Rollins it was reused as the title to a 1986 documentary about the legendary saxophonist.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Concord Music Group Studio Masters

Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, June 22, 1956.
Supervision by Bob Weinstock.

Remastering: Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 2005.
All transfers were made from the analog master tapes to digital at 24-bit resolution.
Notes by Ira Gitler.

"I remember the sessions well, I remember how the musicians wanted to sound, and I remember their reactions to the playbacks. Today, I feel trongly that I am their messenger.
- Rudy Van Gelder

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