Saxophone Colossus (album) by Sonny Rollins

Saxophone Colossus
Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins
Year: 1957
Overall rank: 690th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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82/100 (from 305 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1957 (4th)
Award Top 20 albums of the 1950s (13th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (690th)
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Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 305 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 81.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 81.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.7.

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From 07/08/2018 14:00
Max!! Roach!!!!!
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From 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 06/13/2018 16:33
Some of Rollins' best work
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From 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 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 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 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 07/08/2011 01:50
wow. very cool. This album makes me want to look further into jazz.
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Best Albums of 1957
1. Blue Train by John Coltrane
2. Here's Little Richard by Little Richard
3. Brilliant Corners by Thelonious Monk
4. Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins
5. The "Chirping" Crickets by The Crickets
6. Birth Of The Cool by Miles Davis
7. Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue Guitar by Johnny Cash
8. 'Round About Midnight by Miles Davis
9. After School Session by Chuck Berry
10. Ray Charles by Ray Charles
11. Miles Ahead by Miles Davis + 19
12. Cookin' With The Miles Davis Quintet by Miles Davis Quintet
13. Monk's Music by Thelonious Monk Septet
14. Soulville by Ben Webster
15. The Clown by Charles Mingus
16. After Midnight by Nat King Cole
17. Sam Cooke by Sam Cooke
18. Dance Album by Carl Perkins
19. Songs For Distingué Lovers by Billie Holiday
20. A Swingin' Affair! by Frank Sinatra
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