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Saxophone Colossus (album) by Sonny Rollins

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Saxophone Colossus
Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins (1956)
Overall rank: 692nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 277 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 5 albums of 1956 (2nd)
Award Top 10 albums of the 1950s (9th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (692nd)

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Sonny Rollins bestography

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

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Saxophone Colossus track list

Overall chart historyOverall chart history The tracks on this album have an average rating of 83 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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1.Track pickSt. Thomas
 85/100 (52 votes)
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2.You Don't Know What Love Is
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3.Strode Rode
 83/100 (43 votes)
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4.Moritat
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5.Blue 7
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81/100 (from 277 votes)
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90/100
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Max!! Roach!!!!!
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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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Some of Rollins' best work
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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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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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Yes, the drumming is great, and I would take a sax soloist over any brass.
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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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wow. very cool. This album makes me want to look further into jazz.
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