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John Abbott’s award-winning jazz photography has been featured on more than 250 album and magazine covers. He has been the primary cover photographer for JazzTimes magazine since 2003.

 

Bob Blumenthal is the winner of two Grammy awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Journalists Association.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810996154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810996151
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,167,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By FCEtier on October 1, 2010
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"How could you be familiar with Lee Morgan, Horace Silver and Clifford Brown and not know of Sonny Rollins?", I asked my friend Bernie. "The same way you can know Lee Ritenour and Les Paul but not know Zachary Breaux and David Benoit." he replied. Bernie is in many ways like me. We have a long time interest in jazz music but not previously serious students of the genre. Put everything we know about jazz together and we might add up to what some would call "one serious novice jazz aficionado".

My interest in photography preceded jazz, goes much deeper, and has persevered over the decades. I started shooting professionally about five years ago and of course a book combining two of my favorite subjects got my attention quickly.

Saxophone Colossus: A Portrait of Sonny Rollins is a must-buy for anyone with interests in either jazz or photography and certainly if you are like me -- interested in both. Bob Blumenthal provides the text and, along with John Abbott's remarkably captivating images, presents an entertaining, educational, and inspirational statement about one of our country's living jazz legends.

Photographers at all levels of skill will enjoy a close examination of Abbot's work. Not only is he a master of his equipment, he is also talented with the artistic aspects such as composition and lighting. He has made great choices when selecting which images to show in color and which ones for black and white -- with an appropriate balance to suit the stories he tells with his images. It is the mark of a mature, sensitive professional that can get what Abbott gets from his subject and a credit to both him and Rollins for achieving such a strong connection for the length of time involved in these shoots.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth A. Jones on September 17, 2010
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This book as a must for any fan of Jazz!
The text pays fitting tribute to a true colossus.
The photos, taken over more years than I imagined, capture the essence of Sonny's appeal.
I advise reading it in a comfortable chair with a CD of Sonny's playing all around you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By swimmer on May 4, 2014
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Lots of photos of Sonny Rollins, Jazz Master, true innovator and swing master. Photographer followed Sonny and his life style showing great sensitivity.
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Photographs are excellent and the essays by critic Bob Blumenthal are superb. Makes you want to listen to all your Rollins collection again and again. Sonny is a giant!
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By Jim Spake on January 7, 2014
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I haven't gotten a chance to fully enjoy this yet but I certainly look forward to it. Sonny is King.
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