Maximum Rhythm and Blues

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus (1956)

The saxophone colossus!  One of the legendary tenor saxophonists from the bebop/hard bop era.  He played with Miles Davis, he played with John Coltrane, he played with Red Garland, Shelly Manne, Babs Gonzales, Bud Powell, Art Blakey, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, all the greats.  He served jail time, fought off a vicious heroine addiction, and still produces great work to this day.  Awarded the rare crown from the Penguin guide to jazz, this 1956 album may be his all time best.