Label: Analogue Productions – APRJ 7079 – 200 Gram Virgin Vinyl –
AAA 100% Analogue – Limited Edition – Pressed at QRP Quality Record Pressings
Mastered By Kevin Gray at Acoustech Mastering – Prestige LP 7079
This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
“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, December 2015
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.
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
Originally released in 1956