Release Date: 01/15/21
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Saxophone Colossus, recorded on June 22, 1956, presents Sonny Rollins
leading an all-star quartet that includes pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Doug
Watkins, and drummer Max Roach. The album enjoyed great critical success
from the start and helped establish Rollins as a prominent jazz artist. When
Rollins entered Rudy Van Gelder's studio on June 22, 1956 to make this LP (one
of his more acclaimed as a leader), he had already been a regular member of
the celebrated Max Roach-Clifford Brown Quintet for half a year (which explains
Roach's presence on the album). Four days later, that group would no longer
exist, for on June 26 both Clifford Brown and the band's pianist Richie Powell
were killed in a tragic car accident. Age 26, Rollins was already a well-known
jazz star. He had recorded a few albums as a leader but, above all, he had
been part of one of the most outstanding combos of the period: the Miles Davis
Quintet. It's impossible to know how far Rollins would have gone with the Roach-
Brown quintet had Brownie lived. But the fact is the fatal accident accelerated
his departure from Roach's formation and he started working mostly as a leader.
Many great achievements would follow in his career.
|Label: Match-Ball Records|
|Run Time: 40 mins|
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