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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Kenny Dorham – Quiet Kenny {Fantasy}[xrcd]


Review by Michael G. Nastos (allmusic.com)
In the liner notes of Quiet Kenny, former Downbeat magazine publisher Jack Maher states that trumpeter Kenny Dorham’s music is not necessarily the demure, balladic, rapturous jazz one might associate as romantic or tranquil. Cool and understated might be better watchwords for what the ultra-melodic Dorham achieves on this undeniably well crafted set of standards and originals that is close to containing his best work overall during a far too brief career. Surrounded by an excellent rhythm team of the equally sensitive pianist Tommy Flanagan, emerging bassist Paul Chambers, and the always-beneficial drummer Art Taylor, Dorham and his mates are not prone to missteps or overt exaggerations. One of Dorham’s all-time best tunes “Lotus Blossom” kicks off the set with its bop to Latin hummable melody, fluid dynamics, and Dorham’s immaculate, unpretentious tone. “Old Folks,” a classic ballad, is done mid-tempo, while the true “quiet” factor comes into play on interesting version of “My Ideal” where Dorham gingerly squeezes out the slippery wet notes, and on the sad ballad “Alone Together.” The rest of the material is done in easygoing, unforced fashion, especially the originals “Blue Friday” and the simple swinger “Blue Spring Shuffle” which is not really a shuffle. Never known as a boisterous or brash player, but also not a troubadour of romanticism — until he started singing — Dorham’s music is also far from complacent, and this recording established him as a Top Five performer in jazz on his instrument. It comes recommended to all.

Tracklist:
01. Lotus Blossom (04:43)
02. My Ideal (05:09)
03. Blue Friday (08:50)
04. Alone Together (03:14)
05. Blue Spring Shuffle (07:40)
06. I Had the Craziest Dream (04:42)
07. Old Folks (05:16)
08. Mack the Knife (03:04)

Personnel:
Kenny Dorham – trumpet
Tommy Flanagan – piano
Paul Chambers – bass
Art Taylor – drums

Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, NJ; November 13, 1959.

Label: Fantasy – xrcd Edition
Year: 1992
Genre: Jazz
Style: Classic Jazz, Hard Bop
Total Time: 42:38

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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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Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus {Prestige}[xrcd]


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

Sonny Rollins recorded many memorable sessions during 1954-1958, but Saxophone Colossus is arguably his finest all-around set. Joined by pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Max Roach, Rollins debuts and performs the definitive version of “St. Thomas,” tears into the chord changes of “Mack the Knife” (here called “Moritat”), introduces “Strode Rode,” is lyrical on “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” and constructs a solo on “Blue Seven” that practically defines his style. Essential music that, as with all of Rollins’ Prestige recordings, has also been reissued as part of a huge “complete” box set; listeners with a tight budget are advised to pick up this single disc and be amazed.

Tracks:
01 – St. Thomas
02 – You Don’t Know What Love Is
03 – Strode Rode
04 – Moritat
05 – Blue Seven

Personnel:
Sonny Rollins – tenor sax
Tommy Flanagan – piano
Doug Watkins – bass
Max Roach – drums

Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey; June 22, 1956.

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Tommy Flanagan Trio – Sea Changes {AlfaJazz}


Review by Ken Dryden (allmusic.com)

It’s easy to understand why Tommy Flanagan has been one of the most praised pianists over the ’80s and ’90s while listening to an excellent trio date such as this CD. With bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash, he features a number of songs with oceanic themes, including a tantalizing “How Deep Is the Ocean?,” “I Cover the Waterfront,” and his own snappy title track. Flanagan also delivers a thunderous take of “Relaxin’ at Camarillo” and the smoldering, savory blues “C.C. Rider.”

Tracks:
01 – Sea Changes
02 – Verdandi
03 – Delarna
04 – Eclypso
05 – How Deep is the Ocean
06 – C.C. Rider
07 – Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
08 – Beat’s Up
09 – I Cover the Waterfront
10 – Relaxin’ at Camarillo
11 – Dear Old Stockholm

Personnel:
Tommy Flanagan – piano
Peter Washington – bass
Lewis Nash – drums

Recorded on March 11 & 12, 1996 at Clinton Recording Studio A, N.Y.C.

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Tommy Flanagan – Jazz Poet {Timeless}


Review by Steve Loewy (allmusic.com)

By the time of this recording, pianist Tommy Flanagan had been performing for decades — mostly as a sideman — for a who’s who of jazz: players such as Miles Davis, J.J. Johnson, and Sonny Rollins, to name a few. His perfect, yet unassuming style made him the pianist of choice for dozens of musicians. While he has recorded as a leader from time to time, this album may be the best representation of his work available. He performs a set of great tunes (“Caravan,” “Willow Weep for Me,” “St. Louis Blues,” “Lament,” and others) in a topflight trio, with George Mraz on bass and Kenny Washington on drums. Flanagan is at the peak of his powers. Never flashy, never showy, this is just outstanding music performed by a true master who is one of the great bop pianists of the 20th century.

Tracks:
01 – Raincheck
02 – Lament
03 – Willow Weep for Me
04 – Caravan
05 – That Tired Routine Called Love
06 – Glad to Be Unhappy
07 – St. Louis Blues
08 – Mean Streets
09 – I’m Old Fashioned
10 – Voce Abuso

Personnel:
Tommy Flanagan – piano
George Mraz – bass
Kenny Washington – drums

Recorded January 17th & 19th 1989;
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

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