Coleman Hawkins – Good Old Broadway {Fantasy}[xrcd]


Editorial review from “amazon.com”
Coleman Hawkins is frequently identified as the “father” of jazz tenor saxophone playing. With a perfect rhythm section featuring his working band – Tommy Flanagan on piano, Manor Holley, Jr. on bass, and Eddie Locke on drums, Hawkins showcases his illuminating artistry on this collection of love songs from Broadway shows. This “classic” Hawkins album has never before been available on CD.

Tracklist:
01. I Talk to the Trees (04:24)
02. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (04:40)
03. Wanting You (02:27)
04. Strange Music (06:18)
05. The Man that Got Away (04:08)
06. Get Out of Town (04:14)
07. Here I’ll Stay (04:09)
08. A Fellow Needs a Girl (04:47)

Personnel:
Coleman Hawkins – tenor saxophone
Tommy Flanagan – piano
Major Holly Jr. – bass
Eddie Locke – drums

Recorded January 2nd, 1962 in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

Label: Fantasy – JVC(xrcd) Edition
Year: 2000
Genre: Jazz
Style: Mainstream, Bop
Total Time: 35:06

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Coleman Hawkins – In a Mellow Tone {Prestige}[OJC]


Review from “cduniverse.com”
Few jazz giants have been as important and as relevant for as long as the Bean, a revealing nickname; it’s apparently a contraction of “the best and only.” Hawkins received this appellation during his tenure with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra. The saxophonist’s gruff yet mellifluous, smoky yet coarse tone influenced generations of musicians.

This compilation features music from Hawkins’ years with Prestige Records. Filled with many exciting and tranquil moments, IN A MELLOW TONE captures a great period in the saxophonist’s forty-plus year career. The album’s opener, “You Blew Out the Flame In My Heart” displays Hawkins’ ability to swing with a light buoyant feel, while ballads such as “I Want to Be Loved,” “Greensleeves,” “Then I’ll be Tired of You,” and “Until the Real Thing Comes Along” show the degree of delicacy and intimacy of which Hawkins was capable. Finally, the album’s title track brims with energy and verve, due in large part to Gus Johnson’s crisp drumming.

Tracklist:
01 – You Blew Out the Flame in My Heart
02 – I Want to Be Loved
03 – In a Mellow Tone
04 – Greensleeves
05 – Through for the Night
06 – Until the Real Thing Comes Along
07 – The Sweetest Sounds
08 – Then I’ll Be Tired of You
09 – Jammin’ in Swingville

Personnel:
Coleman Hawkins, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis – tenor sax
Hilton Jefferson – alto sax
Jimmy Hamilton – clarinet
Vic Dickenson, J.C. Higginbotham – trombone
Joe Thomas, Charlie Shavers, Joe Newman – trumpet
Tommy Flanagan, Red Garland, Ray Bryant – piano
Kenny Burrell, Tiny Grimes – guitar
Wendell Marshall, Doug Watkins, Ron Carter, George Duvivier, Major Jolley – bass
Osie Johnson, Charles “Specs” Wright, Gus Johnson, Eddie Locke, Bill English – drums

Recorded between November 7, 1958 – March 30, 1962;
at Hackensack, NJ (#2, 4, 5 and 6); and Englewood Cliffs, NJ (#1, 3, 7, 8 and 9)

Label: Prestige – OJC
Year: 1987
Genre: Jazz
Style: Mainstream Jazz, Saxophone

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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

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Coleman Hawkins – Wrapped Tight {impulse!}


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

Hawkins’s last strong recording finds the veteran, 43 years after his recording debut with Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds, improvising creatively on a wide variety of material on this CD, ranging from “Intermezzo” and “Here’s That Rainy Day” to “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” and “Indian Summer.” Best is an adventurous version of “Out of Nowhere” that shows that the tenor-saxophonist was still coming up with new ideas in 1965.

Tracks:
01 – Marcheta
02 – Intermezzo
03 – Wrapped Tight
04 – Red Roses for a Blue Lady
05 – She’s Fit
06 – Beautiful Girl
07 – And I Still Love You
08 – Bean’s Place
09 – Here’s That Rainy Day
10 – I Won’t Dance
11 – Indian Summer
12 – Out of Nowhere

Personnel:
Coleman Hawkins – tenor saxophone
Bill Berry, Snooky Young – trumpet
Urbie Green – trombone
Barry Harris – piano
Buddy Catlett – bass
Eddie Locke – drums

Recorded February 22 (1 thru 6), and March 1 (7 thru 12), 1965
at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

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Duke Ellington meets Coleman Hawkins {impulse!} “Analogue Productions”


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

This CD documents a historic occasion. Although Coleman Hawkins had been an admirer of Duke Ellington’s music for at least 35 years at this point and Ellington had suggested they record together at least 20 years prior to their actual meeting in 1962, this was their first (and only) meeting on record. Although it would have been preferable to hear the great tenor performing with the full orchestra, his meeting with Ellington and an all-star group taken out of the big band does feature such greats as Ray Nance (on cornet and violin), trombonist Lawrence Brown, altoist Johnny Hodges, and baritonist Harry Carney. High points include an exuberant “The Jeep Is Jumpin’,” an interesting remake of “Mood Indigo,” and a few new Ellington pieces. This delightful music is recommended in one form or another.

Tracks:
01 – Limbo Jazz
02 – Mood Indigo
03 – Ray Charles’ Place
04 – Wanderlust
05 – You Dirty Dog
06 – Self Portrait (Of the Bean)
07 – The Jeep is Jumpin’
08 – The Ricitic

Personnel:
Duke Ellington – piano
Coleman Hawkins – tenor sax
Ray Nance – cornet & violin
Lawrence Brown – trombone
Johnny Hodges – alto sax
Harry Carney – baritone sax & bass clarinet
Aaron Bell – bass
Sam Woodyard – drums

Originally released on August 18, 1962

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Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster {Verve} “Originals”


Review from cduniverse.com

“Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster” highlights the talents of both tenor men nicely, with Hawkins and Webster consistently complementing each other’s playing. In fact, they develop a kind of conversational interplay that is quite beautiful, particularly on the gentle “It Never Entered My Mind” and the slowly swinging “Shine on Harvest Moon.” Although the rest of the band consists of stellar musicians (including pianist Oscar Peterson and guitarist Herb Ellis), they concede the spotlight to Hawkins and Webster, whose dual saxophones more than carry the record. Other standout tracks include the sultry ballad “Tangerine” and the Latin-flavored “La Rosita.”

Tracks:
01 – Blues for Yolande (stereo)
02 – It Never Entered My Mind
03 – La Rosita
04 – You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To
05 – Prisoner of Love
06 – Tangerine
07 – Shine on Harvest Moon
08 – Blues for Yolande (mono)
09 – Blues for Yolande (incomplete takes)

Personnel:
Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster – tenor saxophone
Oscar Peterson – piano
Herb Ellis – guitar
Ray Brown – bass
Alvin Stoller – drums

Recorded October 1957 in Hollwyood

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Coleman Hawkins – Genius of Coleman Hawkins {Verve}


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

Genius may not be the right word, but “brilliance” certainly fits. At the age of 51 in 1957, Hawkins had already been on records for 35 years and had been one of the leading tenors for nearly that long. This date matches him with the Oscar Peterson Trio (plus drummer Alvin Stoller) for a fine run-through on standards. Hawk plays quite well, although the excitement level does not reach the heights of his sessions with trumpeter Roy Eldridge.

Tracks:
01 – I’ll Never Be the Same
02 – You’re Blase
03 – I Wished on the Moon
04 – How Long Has This Been Going On
05 – Like Someone in Love
06 – My Melancholy Baby
07 – Ill Wind
08 – In a Mellowtone
09 – There’s No You
10 – The World is Wainting for the Sunrise
11 – Somebody Loves Me
12 – Blues for Rene

Personnel:
Coleman Hawkins – tenor saxophone
Oscar Peterson – piano
Herb Ellis – guitar
Ray Brown – bass
Alvin Stoller – drums

Recorded October 16, 1957 at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

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