Personnel: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Sonny Rollins; Clifford Brown (trumpet); John Lewis, John Richard Lewis, Kenny Drew (piano); Doug Watkins, George Morrow , Paul Chambers, Percy Heath, Tommy Potter (bass instrument); Art Taylor (drums); Earl Coleman (vocals); John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Ray Bryant, Red Garland, Richie Powell, Thelonious Monk, Tommy Flanagan (piano); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey (drums).
Liner Note Author: Ira Gitler.
Recording information: Apex Studios, New York, NY (12/17/1951-12/07/1956); Van Gelder Studio, Hakensack, NY (12/17/1951-12/07/1956); WOR STudios, New York, NY (12/17/1951-12/07/1956).
Photographer: Jan Persson.
PRESTIGE PROFILES, a 10-volume series, highlights the work of the major artists who recorded for the label. Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins made some of his finest music for Prestige, including SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS, which is widely considered a definitve bop recording. Songs from COLOSSUS are included on this 10-song sampler, as are tunes from his other Prestige discs, all of which are top-shelf. The personnel, which includes Max Roach, Thelonious Monk, Clifford Brown, John Coltrane, and Art Blakey, reads like a who's who of jazz history.