Though he lacked the improvisational fire of John Coltrane or the restless curiosity of Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins
played with a rich, round tone that complemented his melodic inclinations, making him the most accessible of the postbop
musicians. Saxophone Colossus is the most successful of the late 1950s albums that made his reputation. Rollins's
playing never falters; he's backed by the redoubtable Max Roach on drums, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Doug Watkins on
bass. Rollins is equally at home with the lilting Caribbean air of "St. Thomas," standards ("You Don't Know What Love
Is"), blues ("Strode Rode," featuring a driving Flanagan solo), and a smoldering version of Brecht-Weill's "Moritat"
(better known as "Mac the Knife"). If you are new to jazz, there is no better place to start than Saxophone Colossus.