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December 08, 1987|LEONARD FEATHER | Compiled by Terry Atkinson

"Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus." Sony. $29.95. This is the 90-minute film seen on public TV early in 1987. Rollins' tenor sax is heard with a small group in a rock quarry, where he missteps, falls on his back and winds up playing in a prone position; and, more significantly in a Tokyo theater, where he gave the world premiere of a concerto for sax and orchestra, written by a Finnish composer and performed with the Yomiuri Symphony. Rollins' energy, eccentricity, power and inspiration are well-framed here; the result is a generally impressive portrait of a unique personality. Information: (212) 757-4990. *** 1/2

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