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Bebop Years Box set, Import

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Covering a period from 1939-1949, The Bebop Years profiles Hawkins during the days of combo swing and bebop. That the tenor great sounds at home in both settings here is testament to his great flexibility and intellect as a player. Proper pays its respects with four discs and a lavish booklet sporting a detailed discography, extensive notes, and rare photos. The quality rarely dips as Hawkins is heard making history on his 1939 take of "Body and Soul," cutting a wealth of 1944 gems for Keynote, rubbing shoulders with young beboppers like Dizzy Gillespie and Monk, and waxing nostalgic with the Metronome All-Stars. An amazing document befitting a master in his prime. ~ Stephen Cook, All Music Guide

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Body And Soul
  2. Dinah
  3. When Day Is Done
  4. Smack
  5. I Surrender Dear
  6. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
  7. Dedication
  8. Rocky Comfort
  9. One O'Clock Jump
  10. 9-20 Special
  11. Feedin' The Bean
  12. Esquire Bounce
  13. My Ideal
  14. Voodte
  15. How Deep Is The Ocean
  16. Hawkins' Barrel House
  17. Stumpy
  18. Lover Come Back To Me
  19. Blues Changes
  20. Crazy Rhythm
  21. Get Happy
  22. The Man I Love
  23. Sweet Lorraine
  24. My Ideal
  25. I Only Have Eyes For You
  26. 'S Wonderful
  27. I'm In The Mood For Love
  28. 'Bean' At The Met
  29. Woody'n You
  30. Bu-Dee-Daht
  31. Yesterdays
  32. Flame Thrower
  33. Imagination
  34. Night And Day
  35. Cattin' At Keynote
  36. Disorder At The Border
  37. Feeling Zero
  38. Rainbow Mist
  39. Blue Moon
  40. Father Co-Operates
  41. Just One More Chance
  42. Thru' For The Night
  43. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  44. Three Little Words
  45. Battle Of The Saxes
  46. Louise
  47. Pick Up Boys
  48. Porgy
  49. Uptown Lullaby
  50. Salt Peanuts
  51. Make Believe
  52. Don't Blame Me
  53. Just One Of Those Things
  54. Hallelujah
  55. Stompin' At The Savoy
  56. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  57. Three Little Words
  58. Battle Of The Saxes
  59. Louise
  60. Pick Up Boys
  61. Porgy
  62. Uptown Lullaby
  63. Salt Peanuts
  64. Make Believe
  65. Don't Blame Me
  66. Just One Of Those Things
  67. Hallelujah
  68. Stompin' At The Savoy
  69. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  70. All The Things You Are
  71. Every Man For Himself
  72. Look Out Jack
  73. Under A Blanket Of Blue
  74. El Salon De Gutbucket
  75. Undecided
  76. Recollections
  77. Drifting On A Reed
  78. Flyin' Hawk
  79. On The Bean
  80. Hawk's Variations, Part 1 & 2
  81. April In Paris
  82. Rifftide
  83. Stuffy
  84. What Is There To Say?
  85. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
  86. Bean Soup
  87. It's The Talk Of The Town
  88. Say It Isn't So
  89. I Can't Get Started
  90. Cocktails For Two
  91. Sweet Lorraine
  92. Nat Meets June
  93. How High The Moon
  94. Bean-A-Re-Bop
  95. Isn't It Romantic
  96. The Way You Look Tonight
  97. Phantomesque
  98. Angel Face
  99. Picasso


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 28, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Proper Box UK
  • ASIN: B000051TPD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,662 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on May 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent compilation of Hawkins' work between 1939 and 1949. Most of the selections date from 1943 to 1947 and were recorded for several record labels, including Victor, Bluebird, Okeh, Brunswick, V-Disc, Commodore, Signature, Keynote, Apollo, Savoy, Clef, Regis, Capitol, Aladdin, Joe Davis, and Selmer. Sidemen include Roy Eldridge, Benny Carter, Cootie Williams, Count Basie, Art Tatum, Oscar Pettiford, Teddy Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Budd Johnson, Ben Webster, Earl Hines, Don Byas, John Kirby, Jonah Jones, Buck Clayton, Thelonious Monk, Howard McGhee, Milt Jackson, Hank Jones, Harry Carney and Miles Davis. As you would expect with such a wide variety of source material, the sound quality varies a bit. However, it ranges from good to excellent and in most cases is on par (or identical:)) with the best previous CD issues of the same music. The set comes with a 56 page booklet that includes a lengthy essay with analysis of each session, several photographs, and a very thorough discography (you can read the complete essay and discography at Proper's website). The essay is good, though it could have used some editing. Also, the photos look like they were duplicated from printed sources. The most important thing, however, is that the music is consistently excellent. These discs show Hawkins at his absolute best, whether in a small group, big band, or solo. For the price the set is an astounding value!
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This is a magnificent collection of the Forties work of tenor sax great Coleman Hawkins, the father of the jazz saxophone. Much of it has been previously released in bits and pieces, but it has never been collected in a single package, and never with such tremendous sound. The set also includes an informative booklet with a number of rarely-scene photographs.

Hawkins began his performing career as a teenager, backing blues singer Mamie Smith in the early 1920's. Before Hawkins, the saxophone was not a major instrument in jazz, and it was seldom featured as a solo instrument. When Hawkins joined Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra in 1924, that began to change. Perhaps inspired by fellow bandmember Louis Armstrong, who spent about a year with Henderson, Hawkins quickly developed his own distinctive style as a soloist. When Armstrong left, Coleman Hawkins became the dominant soloist with the Henderson band, a position he held until 1934. He set the standard for the jazz saxophonist during the first part of the Swing era, and he strongly influenced such other figures as Ben Webster, Benny Carter, Chu Berry and many others. After a productive five-year stay in Europe, Hawkins returned to the U.S. and started his own group in 1939. One of his first records was the ballad "Body and Soul," which became a major pop hit and remains one of the most memorable recordings in jazz history. It set a standard for jazz improvisation that has seldom been matched.

"Body and Soul" first song in this boxed set, and really doesn't belong with the other recordings here, which cover the period 1943-1947. Hawkins' big band failed within a year, and he soon began working with the smaller groups that make up the bulk of these recordings.
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... epitomizes the history of jazz better than Coleman Hawkins, from raggedy blues/vaudeville to bebop and a little beyond. Born in 1904, Hawkins jumped school in Kansas City in 1922 to join Mamie Smith's Jazz Hounds on tour to Chicago. Through the late 20s and early 30s, Hawkins was the boss tenor sax in the very popular Fletcher Henderson swing band. Then he spent some five years in Europe, building an enormous popularity for himself there as well as a fervent audience for jazz that has endured to our own times. In 1939, he returned more or less permanently to the USA, and that's where this four-CD survey of his recordings during "The Bebop Years" begins.

Coleman had been a highly reputed journeyman jazzman for two decades when the first track in this box set, Body and Soul, was recorded by RCA in October, 1939. The final track on the fourth disk, Bah-U-Bah, was recorded in Paris, rehearsing for a European tour, in December, 1949. So "The Bebop Years" is not only a compendium of the Hawk's finest sessions -- 88 of them -- over a ten-year period, but also a survey of the evolution of jazz from a "high-toned low-class popular" music to the artistic heights that Hawkins shared with Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Monk, Gillespie, Gordon, and other progressive beboppers. The sax was, of course, the master instrument of the era, and it was Hawkins who first proved what the sax could offer. Hawkins had incredible chops, a rich rolling tone especially in his lower register on ballads, and it was on ballads that he sounded most harmonically adventuresome and original. But Hawk never totally abandoned his swing-era roots. He could play 'hot' or 'sweet' but 'cool' was not in him, and the 50's became a decade of neglect and disappointment for him.
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I know I am being picky but there is one MAJOR omission. The session with
trumpeter Fats Navarro that produced the great Half Step Down Please.
Otherwise this is a wonderful collection of a more modern sounding Hawkins. At least they have the Dizzy stuff. Rember Hawkins was on the first bebop recordings and I also believe Monks first session.
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