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Saxophone Colossus

Sonny Rollins, Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins, Max Roach

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Sonny Rollins recorded many memorable sessions during 1954-1958, but Saxophone Colossus is arguably his finest all-around set. Joined by pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Max Roach, Rollins debuts and performs the definitive version of "St. Thomas," tears into the chord changes of "Mack the Knife" (here called "Moritat"), introduces "Strode Rode," is lyrical on "You Don't Know What Love Is," and constructs a solo on "Blue Seven" that practically defines his style. Essential music that, as with all of Rollins' Prestige recordings, has also been reissued as part of a huge "complete" box set; listeners with a tight budget are advised to pick up this single disc and be amazed.
© Scott Yanow /TiVo

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1
St. Thomas
Doug Watkins
00:06:49

Doug Watkins, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sonny Rollins, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Flanagan, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Max Roach, Drums, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1956 Prestige Records, Inc.

2
You Don't Know What Love Is (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster)
Sonny Rollins
00:06:30

Doug Watkins, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gene De Paul, ComposerLyricist - Don Raye, ComposerLyricist - Sonny Rollins, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Flanagan, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Max Roach, Drums, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1956 Prestige Records, Inc.

3
Strode Rode (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster)
Doug Watkins
00:05:17

Doug Watkins, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sonny Rollins, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Flanagan, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Max Roach, Drums, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1956 Prestige Records, Inc.

4
Moritat
Sonny Rollins
00:10:05

Kurt Weill, ComposerLyricist - Doug Watkins, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bertolt Brecht, ComposerLyricist - Sonny Rollins, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Flanagan, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Max Roach, Drums, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1956 Prestige Records, Inc.

5
Blue 7 (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster)
Doug Watkins
00:11:17

Doug Watkins, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sonny Rollins, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Flanagan, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Max Roach, Drums, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1956 Fantasy Records

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Sonny Rollins recorded many memorable sessions during 1954-1958, but Saxophone Colossus is arguably his finest all-around set. Joined by pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Max Roach, Rollins debuts and performs the definitive version of "St. Thomas," tears into the chord changes of "Mack the Knife" (here called "Moritat"), introduces "Strode Rode," is lyrical on "You Don't Know What Love Is," and constructs a solo on "Blue Seven" that practically defines his style. Essential music that, as with all of Rollins' Prestige recordings, has also been reissued as part of a huge "complete" box set; listeners with a tight budget are advised to pick up this single disc and be amazed.
© Scott Yanow /TiVo

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