Coleman Hawkins – Sirius {Pablo}[OJC]


Review by “fluffy” – amazon.com

I’ve seen this album both ripped and praised throughout the years in various music books. Back around 1979, my first Rolling Stone record guide gave it a 5 star rating (their highest rating). My copy (3rd edition) of all music guide to jazz gives it a one star rating (their lowest rating), calling it rather sad (Mr.Hawkins performances being hindered by failing health). so who is right? Well, if you remove soul from the equation, deny the spirit of a genius, and look merely at technique (a sort of “american idol” approach to music), then Mr.hawkins is no match here for the powerhouse of a young man that he was on his instrument back in the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. But, if you take into account the seasoned spirit of a soul who spent a lifetime acquainted with the magic and heart of his craft, then this is a beautiful, beautiful album. I have listened to this thing with a music lovers ecstasy during dozens and dozens of nights over the years, and still am in love with the sound. His gorgeous sugary tone is like a drug on my ears. This is simply one of the most moving ballad albums of jazz playing that I have heard. Forget technique. Listen. There’s a lifetime of love for jazz to be heard in Mr.Hawkins’ every breathe as it becomes one with his saxophone. Completely moving. Great stuff. Don’t let any fool hung-up on technique tell you otherwise.

Tracklist:
01 – The Man I Love
02 – Don’t Blame Me
03 – Just a Gigolo
04 – The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else)
05 – Time on My Hands (You in My Arms)
06 – Sweet and Lovely
07 – Exactly Like You
08 – Street of Dreams
09 – Sugar (That Sugar Baby o’Mine)

Personnel:
Coleman Hawkins – tenor saxophone
Barry Harris – piano
Bob Cranshaw – bass
Eddie Locke – drums

Recorded in New York; December 20, 1966

(eac, flac, cue, log, artwork)

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