Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus

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Saxophone Colossus is the sixth studio album by American jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Perhaps Rollins’s best-known album, it is often considered his breakthrough record. It was recorded on June 22, 1956, with producers Bob Weinstock and Rudy Van Gelder at the latter’s studio in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Additional information

Weight 0.23587 kg
Dimensions 31.29 × 31.39 × 0.79 cm
Product Dimensions

‎ 31.29 x 31.39 x 0.79 cm; 235.87 g


‎ Wax Time


‎ 8436542010504

Manufacturer reference

‎ WA-16789340

Original Release Date ‏

‎ 2012

Label ‏

‎ Wax Time


‎ B0083X5Z7E

Number of discs ‏

‎ 1

10 reviews for Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus

  1. A2PG

    ST. Thomasは特別に何度も聴いて癒されます。サックスとドラムのコンビネーションが何とも言えません。素晴らしい演奏なので、今年からSaxを始めたので、この曲を吹きたいと思います。そのほかの曲もソニーロリンズの名曲ばかりで、お気に入りです。

  2. Amazon カスタマー


  3. スタイリッシュ サイコパススレイヤー


  4. 吉井 武司


  5. わさび


  6. minstrel

    サキソフォン・コロッサスの響きは偉大でありソニ-・ロリンズの代表作でありモダン・ジャズ不朽の名盤としての位置付けである。もちろん色々な意見はあるであろうが初心者にも安心して奨められる一枚であり、まさにモダン・ジャズの真骨頂である。ロリンズのテナ-サックスの響きが気持ちが良い!どの楽曲を聴いても裏切られる事がない演奏が完璧!ソニー・ロリンズ(ts) トミー・フラナガン(p)ダグ・ワトキンス(b) マックス・ローチ(ds)の至高の演奏がが聴けます。1956年6月22日、ニュージャージーにて録音1 セント・トーマス2 ユー・ドント・ノウ・ホワット・ラヴ・イズ3 ストロード・ロード4 モリタート5 ブルー・セヴン

  7. KAZ


  8. ロニーサン


  9. igloo

    Excellent sound quality, very natural, maybe mono but has a natural intimacy
    CD Reviewed RVG Remasters – PrestigeThis recording is probably mono, there is nothing on the packaging to indicate otherwise. A very natural recording with excellent highs and lows in terms of both range and volumes. The saxophone sound is outstanding. Overall this is a very well balanced natural sounding recording. Well worth adding to your collectionI have not set out to write reviews of the music content as “beauty is in the ears of the listener”. These reviews are about the quality (or not) of the recorded sound. To read about how the reviews are done please see my profile. • Clarity – very good open, transparent, clear • Channel separation – none, unclear on the cd and notes if this is a stereo or mono recording • Channel balance – none, unclear if stereo or mono recording, sounds as if a mono recording • Sound Stage – virtually none but projects into the room well but there is little sense of space • Distortion – none audible • Compression – good volume range, instruments go from quiet to loud. Very good frequency range • Atmosphere – limited as appears to be a mono recording however still sounds quite intimate • Bass – low frequencies – deep. Natural, clean but the double bass is audible in the background. The drum kit sounds restricted, but the sound and balance of sound is natural • Treble – high frequencies – the saxophone has a good dynamic range and the sound is dynamite. There is good clarity of the playing. The piano is audible with good ring and tone. • Vocals – NoneAs a general rule of thumb recordings from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s are nearly always better on the original vinyl. Remasters often fail to please as it’s just not possible to make a silk purse from a sows ear, i.e. the original recording lacks the necessary detail to be processed digitally and show an audible improvement. Indeed such processing can make the sound worse.Modern recordings which have been processed digitally from start to finish can be as good as vinyl. CD’s are often unfairly criticised for being poor quality. This is not the case, it is the original recording or the process which is to blame. Modern “remasters” can both enhance and degrade a recording. The statement GIGO (Garbage In Garbage Out) is the limiting factor. Ignore this at your cost.

  10. Social science professor

    A review of the vinyl version of this highly recommended jazz session.
    Many others have praised this 1956 recording and deservedly so. It’s an essential recording for fans of straight-ahead jazz, great performances, historically important, and also quite accessible and enjoyable for people who aren’t die-hard jazz fans. Downbeat Magazine’s original review when it first came out said “Rollins displays humor, gentleness, a delicate feeling for beauty in line, and a puckish sense of humor.” All Music argues this is probably the best of the many terrific records Sonny made in his productive mid-1950s period. Tommy Flanagan, Max Roach, and Doug Watkins are fantastic; you feel that they really know this music and love it, and love playing together.For those of you considering buying this in vinyl, or trying to decide between vinyl and CD, I have some comments that might be helpful.I have the CD and LP, and I also have access to the hi-res FLAC version through Tidal. I’ve compared all three. The vinyl wins, hands down. The digital versions are perfectly acceptable; those who don’t have a turntable should get the CD or download for sure.But the LP sounds warmer, more alive. Doug Watkins’ walking bass has a bit more bite. Tommy’s piano is more present. Max’s drums have more punch, not louder, but more…there. Hearing Max masterly exploiting his entire drum kit on St. Thomas and Strode Rode is such a joy. Sonny has a really lovely tone, and that comes through on the vinyl better than on the digital versions in my opinion. The vinyl version just sounds more spacious, more alive. After listening to the vinyl, I went back to the CD and FLAC tracks and they just sound a bit boxy and dead and dull. Listening not analytically but just for the joy of it, listening to the vinyl just makes me happier than listening to the digital versions.The pressing is good, the record is perfectly flat with far below average surface noise and pops.Buying vinyl is a bit of a gamble. Some LPs are made from the same compressed digital sources used to produce the CDs and therefore have no hope of sounding better than the CD. Some LPs are manufactured poorly, with defects like surface noise, frequent pops, warping, or the grooves are not centered around the spindle hole in the middle of the disc. Amazon is great about replacing defective records, but sometimes the problem is not a defect but mediocre sound quality. In which case why not just buy the CD.I’m not an analog purist, I have lots of CDs and also enjoy listening to MP3 files on my iPhone and laptop. But there are some recordings where the vinyl just sounds better, and this is one of them.

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