Saturday, October 31, 2009

Coleman HAWKINS - The Definitive Coleman Hawkins 1926-63

Coleman HAWKINS - The Definitive Coleman Hawkins 1926-63
Recorded between 1926 and 1963.
Digitally remastered by Kevin Reeves (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
This is part of the Verve Records Ken Burns JAZZ series


He was an itinerant musician no more easily contained stylistically than he was identified with one era. Yet Coleman Hawkins commanded more respect in the jazz world than any other instrumentalist—and he commanded it for nearly fifty years. He appeared first with blues singer Mamie Smith and then with Fletcher Henderson’s orchestra in the early Twenties, and he maintained his command through all jazz’s and bebop, even to the experiments he participated in with avant artists who were his musical grandchildren.

But he invented the tenor saxophone in jazz, didn’t he And his proud bearing limitless ideas, and cavernous sound were never duplicated, on any instrument, were they? So is there a tune title more befitting him than that of his pure improvisation, "Picasso"?
Coleman Hawkins was the man who put the tenor saxophone on the jazz map. Though the ...    Full Descriptiongreat Bud Freeman had preceded him, Hawkins' big, bold, and affectionately rough tone set the standard for jazz saxophone styles for decades to come, influencing players from the swing era to bebop and beyond. This collection is a superb, wide-ranging summary of Hawkins' career.

This set kicks off with "The Stampede" from 1926, a Fletcher Henderson tune that heralded the swing sound that would soon take the jazz world by storm. "Body and Soul" was and is Hawkins' best-known (and loved) tune. In a sublime example of jazz ballad playing, here Hawkins adapts a well-known pop tune and makes it his own. Hawkins was also one of the first swing era giants to take to bebop, playing and recording with bop icons Dizzy Gillespie ("Woody 'N' You"), Thelonious Monk ("Ruby, My Dear"), and Sonny Rollins ("Just Friends"). Later collaborations with Duke Ellington ("Self Portrait"), and Max Roach ("Driva Man"), prove that Hawkins still had the right stuff in the 1960s.
From CD Universe.
Coleman Hawkins- (Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet);
Abbey Lincoln- (Vocals);
Benny Carter, Phil Woods, Johnny Hodges- (Alto Saxophone);
Don Byas, Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Rouse- (Tenor Saxophone);
Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, Howard McGhee, Booker Little- (Trumpet);
Ray Nance- (Cornet);
Glenn Miller, J.J. Johnson, Julian Priester- (Trombone);
Pee Wee Russell- (Clarinet);
Fletcher Henderson, Teddy Wilson, Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, Paul Bley, Duke Ellington- (Piano);
Django Reinhardt, Herb Ellis- (Guitar);
John Kirby, Oscar Pettiford, Ray Brown, Jimmy Garrison- (Bass);
Max Roach (drums, percussion);
Gene Krupa, Shelly Manne, Cozy Cole, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Jo Jones- (Drums).
01. Stampede, The- (with Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra) (3:13)
02. If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight- (with Mound City Blue Blowers) (3:27)
03. Queer Notions- (with Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra)s (2:48)
04. It's the Talk of the Town- (with Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra) (3:30)
05. Honeysuckle Rose- Coleman Hawkins And His All-Star Jam Band  (2:44)
06. Body And Soul- Coleman Hawkins  (3:00)
07. The Man I Love- Coleman Hawkins  (5:07)
08. Bean At The Met- Coleman Hawkins  (2:59)
09. Woody 'n' You- Coleman Hawkins  (2:58)
10. I Mean You- Coleman Hawkins  (3:03)
11. Bean And The Boys- Coleman Hawkins (2:42)
12. Stuffy- Coleman Hawkins  (3:01)
13. Picasso- Coleman Hawkins  (3:15)
14. La Rosita- (with Ben Webster) (5:02)
15. Ruby, My Dear- (with Thelonious Monk) (5:24)
16. Just Friends- (with Sonny Rollins) (4:39)
17. Crazy Rhythm- (with Benny Carter) (3:23)
18. Driva Man- (with Max Roach) (5:13)
19. Self Portrait (Of the Bean)- (with Duke Ellington) (3:50)

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