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Saxophone Colossus: A Portrait of Sonny Rollins Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!