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Saxophone Colossus (album) by Sonny Rollins 

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Saxophone Colossus
Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins (1956)
Overall rank: 740th   Overall chart history
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81/100 (from 258 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1956 (2nd)
Top 10 albums of the 1950s (10th)
Top 1,000 albums of all time (740th)

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Saxophone Colossus is ranked as the best album by Sonny Rollins.

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From LSss 07/08/2018 14:00
Max!! Roach!!!!!
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From willandthemix 06/27/2018 19:58
Great hard bop album. I love the speed and energy present in most tracks. Great solos from all 4 musicians throughout. St. Thomas stands out particularly with it great groove.
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From jdenny2018 06/13/2018 16:33
Some of Rollins' best work
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From Fischman 11/28/2016 18:53
Rollins is an exceptional blower and this is his most outstanding outing. Challenging yet melodic in composition, full of excellent improvisation, and while Sonny is the star, all members of the ensemble contribute to make this whole greater than the sum of its parts and cement this as one of the all time great jazz albums.
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From garycottier 07/16/2016 11:04
Another of the great jazz albums of the period. I still can't make up my mind whether it's my favourite Sonny Rollins album, but it's certainly in my top three.
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From sethmadsen 09/02/2012 04:34
Yes, the drumming is great, and I would take a sax soloist over any brass.
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From hairymarx1 07/09/2012 14:09
This album is noted for its melody-based improvisations. Rollins reinvented the melody in jazz around an overriding theme. The overall sound is as refined as the compositions are sophisticated. Rollins distinctive saxophone style seems to embody all of the classic traditions of jazz whilst simultaneously merging them with the avantegarde. Max Roache's drumming is thrilling.
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From ImmortalAl 07/08/2011 01:50
wow. very cool. This album makes me want to look further into jazz.
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