G-Man (Sonny Rollins album)

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Live album by Sonny Rollins
Released 1986
Recorded August 16, 1986
Genre Jazz
Length 44:36
Label Milestone
Producer Lucille Rollins
Sonny Rollins chronology
The Solo Album
Dancing in the Dark

G-Man is a live album by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, released on the Milestone label in 1986, featuring a performance by Rollins with Clifton Anderson, Bob Cranshaw, Mark Soskin, and Marvin "Smitty" Smith recorded at Opus 40 in Saugerties, NYC.[1] The performance was also released on video as Saxophone Colossus.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau (A+) [3]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states: "Rollins is in good form, saying little that it is new but delivering passionate messages with his typical spirit; the video is worth getting too".[2] Music critic Robert Christgau highly praised the album, writing "It's exciting, fun, a gas, all that stuff great rock and roll is supposed to be and so rarely is these days. Title track is fifteen minutes of Rollins at a peak--a showman who never shows off, a virtuoso who's never pretentious or (in this situation) even difficult.... Free jazz and honking sessions rarely get this good. I haven't enjoyed a record so much all year."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sonny Rollins except as indicated
  1. "G-Man" - 15:19
  2. "Kim" - 5:58
  3. "Don't Stop the Carnival" (Traditional arranged Rollins) - 11:18
  4. "Tenor Madness" - 12:01 Bonus track on CD
  • Recorded at Opus 40, Saugerties, NYC, on August 16, 1986



  1. ^ Sonny Rollins discography accessed 23 September 2009
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Sunny Days, Starry Nights > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Sunny Days, Starry Nights > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved June 26, 2011.