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.

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

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

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork