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Mastered By Kevin Gray at Acoustech Mastering - Prestige LP 7079
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"Analogue Productions has continued to push its own already high bar higher still. Its Quality Record Pressings plant is delivering the best vinyl discs to be found, its jackets and cover reproduction quality have hit new levels, and it continues to have the best in the biz — such as Kevin Gray for this series (25 mono LPs from the Prestige label's exceptional late-50s run) cut lacquers from original analog master tapes. ... The sound on Saxophone Colossus is upfront and immediate. Rollin's tenor is appealingly fat and sweet-sounding, the piano and bass are as nimble as kittens' paws, and the drums have a great crispness and snap." — Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound
Why anyone will drop Large Bucks on an original now I don't know , Absolutely fabulous!
This album is making me fall in love with my system all over again. Brilliant material, masterfully presented. LP Reveiw
Prestige jazz recordings from the 1950s—especially from the middle of the decade, and like Van Gelder’s recordings for Blue Note—define what most jazz record collectors expect a great recording to sound like. Who needed stereo recordings when a mono recording can sound so three-dimensional? Saxophone Colossusstands as one of the best from the period. It was hard to believe it would ever sound better than an original yellow-label pressing. Such thinking was shattered when Analogue Productions the series demonstrated there was more on the tapes than was made evident from the vinyl original pressings. The LPs show more soundstage depth, better instrument separation, and more detail. Not detail in the digital sense, but detail that makes instruments sound more like the real thing. Once again, I was convinced Saxophone Colossuscould never sound better, and once again, I was wrong. Sound 5/5 Vinylreviews
Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissue series from Analogue Productions featuring 25 Mono of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made!
For sale individually and as part of Analogue Productions’ Prestige Mono Series
Cut from the analogue masters by renowned mastering engineer Kevin Gray
200-gram pressing by Quality Record Pressings has a flat edge profile and deep groove label, true to the original LP
"Analogue Productions has continued to push its own already high bar higher still. Its Quality Record Pressings plant is delivering the best vinyl discs to be found, its jackets and cover reproduction quality have hit new levels, and it continues to have the best in the biz — such as Kevin Gray for this series (25 mono LPs from the Prestige label's exceptional late-50s run) cut lacquers from original analog master tapes.
200-gram pressing by Quality Record Pressings has a flat edge profile and deep groove label, true to the original LP Deluxe high-gloss tip-on album jacket
One of the pivotal recordings in bringing about the widespread acceptance of Sonny Rollins as a major figure, Saxophone Colossus inspired critics to write scholarly analyses and fans to revel in the hard-swinging invention, humor, and tender-strength balladry.
Up to this album, while most musicians recognized Rollins as one of the new influential forces in the jazz of the ’50s, most critics were carping at Rollins or damning him with faint praise. "St. Thomas," a traditional West Indian melody which Mal Waldron remembered as "The Carnival," was recorded by many artists after Sonny introduced it here, and it remains a jazz standard today.
The contributions of Tommy Flanagan’s elegant swing, Doug Watkins’s steady lift, and Max Roach’s most musical accompaniment and soloing (hear "Blue 7") make this a landmark album.
"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."
Sonny Rollins, tenor sax
Max Roach, drums
Tommy Flanagan, piano
Doug Watkins, bass
1. Strode Rode
2. Blue 7
4. St. Thomas
5. You Don't Know What Love Is
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