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Coleman Hawkins: A Retrospective 1929-1963


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Audio CD, June 13, 1995
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Coleman Hawkins's 1939 recording of "Body and Soul" is one of the creative landmarks of jazz history, a brilliant exposition of the song's harmonic possibilities conducted with a stunning nobility. It makes a fine centerpiece for this two-CD compilation of jazz's first great tenor saxophonist. This set really is "A Self Portrait of the Bean," as Ellington once entitled a composition. It ranges from Hawkins's dates as a sideman with such early groups as the Mound City Blues Blowers and McKinney's Cotton Pickers to encounters in the 1960s: with the vocal group Lambert, Hendricks and Bevan; singing "Watermelon Man"; and with Sonny Rollins. In between are masterful sessions with small groups and large that demonstrate Hawkins's ability to evolve as jazz did, without ever giving up his declamatory and highly personal style. His accomplices are a who's who of the best jazz musicians, including such prematurely departed legends as Charlie Christian, Fats Navarro, and the wonderful, if obscure, clarinetist Danny Polo. Highlights include several superb tributes to Paris, on two of which Hawkins single-handedly saves fine tunes from excessive arrangements, and two wonderful tracks from a 1957 Red Allen session on which Hawkins and the trumpeter match one another's exalted artistry. --Stuart Broomer

Disc: 1
1. One Hour (If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight)
2. Hello, Lola
3. Miss Hannah
4. Wherever There's A Will, Baby
5. Sugar Foot Stomp (Take 1)
6. Sugar Foot Stomp (Take 2)
7. Hocus Pocus
8. When Lights Are Low (Take 1)
9. When Lights Are Low (Take 2)
10. One Sweet Letter From You
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Say It Isn't So
2. Spotlite
3. Indiana Winter
4. Indian Summer
5. How Did She Look?
6. April In Paris
7. How Strange
8. Half Step Down, Please
9. Angel Face
10. There Will Never Be Another You
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 13, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Bluebird / RCA
  • ASIN: B000002WTW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,690 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ebrinkma on August 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a good compilation of Bean's work, spanning nearly his entire career (I do think some sides of his early work with Fletcher Henderson from the 20s would have been appropriate, though). The selections have been hand-picked for their musical and historical relevance, and in general they have been chosen well. I am usually more interested in the first CD, since it covers Bean's most innovative years, that is prior to the bebop era. It does have some of his great ballad interpretations, including the immortal 1939 "Body and Soul" and the early "One Hour". There are some interesting sidemen on the second album- Charlie Shavers, J.J. Johnson, Hank Jones and others. And the final collaboration with Sonny Rollins on "All the Things you Are" is fascinating, if absolutely bizarre.
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