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listen  1. Meet Doctor Foo (1996 Remastered)Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Fine Dinner (1996 Remastered)Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. She's Funny That Way (1996 Remastered)Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Body and Soul (Remastered)Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. When Day Is Done (1996 Remastered)Coleman Hawkins' All Star Octet 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Sheik of ArabyColeman Hawkins' All Star Octet 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. My Blue Heaven (1996 Remastered)Coleman Hawkins' All Star Octet 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Bouncing With Bean (1996 Remastered)Coleman Hawkins' All Star Octet 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Say It Isn't So (1996 Remastered)Coleman Hawkins' 52nd Street All-Stars 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Spotlite (1996 Remastered)Coleman Hawkins' 52nd Street All-Stars 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. April in Paris (1996 Remastered)Coleman Hawkins;Manny Albam 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. How Strange (1996 Remastered)Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Half Step Down, Please (1996 Remastered)Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Angel Face (1996 Remastered)Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. There Will Never Be Another You (1996 Remastered)Billy Byers and His Orchestra;Coleman Hawkins 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Bean Stalks Again (1996 Remastered)Billy Byers and His Orchestra;Coleman Hawkins 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Body and Soul (1995 Remastered)Billy Byers and His Orchestra;Coleman Hawkins 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. I Love Paris (1996 Remastered)Coleman Hawkins;Manny Albam & His Orchestra 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Under Paris Skies (1996 Remastered)Coleman Hawkins;Manny Albam & His Orchestra 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 26, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: May 21, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003G3L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This CD compiles several Coleman Hawkins sessions recorded between 1939 and 1956, capturing the masterful tenor saxophonist at the height of the swing era, in the midst of the bop revolution, and at the helm of large orchestras. While the quality of his accompaniments varies tremendously, Hawkins's contributions don't. The earliest session climaxes with his classic solo version of "Body and Soul," a landmark in both the harmonic language of jazz and improvised musical architecture. Another four tracks come from a 1940 octet date with some of Hawkins's old associates from the Fletcher Henderson band, Benny Carter (on trumpet here) and J.C. Higginbotham on trombone, along with the underrated clarinetist Danny Polo. It's small-group swing of the first order, with touches of traditional jazz in the improvised ensembles.

Tadd Dameron wrote the arrangements for a 1947 band that includes trumpeter Fats Navarro, trombonist J.J. Johnson, pianist Hank Jones, and drummer Max Roach. While the horns all solo fluently on Dameron's "Half Step Down, Please," it's the three ballad features for the leader that stand out, Hawkins drawing inspiration from Dameron's moodily dense harmonies. The settings are pedestrian at best for a series of 1956 recordings, with Billy Byers and Manny Albam writing arrangements. Hawkins bristles with individuality, whether soaring over a substantial big band on "The Bean Stalks Again," cutting a new path through a cluttered "Body and Soul," or counterposing his ruggedly magisterial horn to still fussier arrangements of "I Love Paris" and "Under Paris Skies." --Stuart Broomer

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Hodges on May 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Referring to the 19 track RCA incarnation of this title:

This is 5 star material, as is most Coleman Hawkins. He is presented with half a dozen all-star orchestra and small groups recorded between 1939 and 1956. A swell way for the unintiated to get aquainted with the Mother of all (tenor) sax players. To hear the Hawk is to hear them all: you'll find shades of every tenor from Adderly to Rollins. The selections are carefully chosen for artistic merit and variety. The sound quality is quite good, even on the older sides.

The problem is, as an overview it is too narrow. Spend the extra money to get the 2CD "Retrospective 1929-1963" which contains 40 tracks, including all those on this CD. The Hawk is too huge a jazz legend to be captured on a dozen CDs, but at least the expanded release covers a sizeable chunk of his career. If you cheap it out and buy this one, you'll love it but in retrospect you'll wish you'd gotten the 2CD version.

Postscript 12/01/06: Although the 1929-1963 Retrospective is no longer available at Amazon, check out the $9 Quadromania 4CD set. Not quite as good audio quality, but a lot of bang for the buck. A lot of the Quadromania Fletcher Henderson trax feature Hawk, and he is prominent in Disk 4 of the Quadromania Pee Wee Russell collection.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Doug on January 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have this cd in permanent rotation and no matter what is going on in the house at the time it comes up,everyone stops to pay attention' Who's this " is invariably asked by those who don't yet know coleman.If you know his work it gives a big smile.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Brett on October 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you have not heard Coleman Hawkins, he has an amazingly full and rounded saxophone sound that some would kill for. I come from the Deep South (London England) and I love this music.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1998
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A favorite and classic Jazz CD -- all six songs are excellent, the sound quality is great as well, and, something like "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis, it's considered by some a "must have" Jazz performance.
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